Moving Bodies of Water

John Folinsbee’s 1935 painting “River Ice” is looking a lot like what we’re seeing of the Mighty Delaware these days. The James A. Michener Art Museum is the proud owner of this painting. You can read more about Folinsbee on our Bucks County Artist Database.

You can also see more of Folinsbee’s artwork at the Woodmere Art Museum. The Philadelphia-based museum is exhibiting John Folinsbee and American Modernism through March 6.

Looking beyond the traditional bucolic views of the Delaware River, New Hope Impressionist John Folinsbee chose to paint the mills, factories, and bridges of the waterway, and was drawn to the architectural beauty of the barns, quarries, and slag heaps of the region.  Approaching his work with a fearless independence, Folinsbee brought emotional force and vigorous brushwork to the canvas.

The Woodmere’s exhibition explores Folinsbee’s work from 1920-1940 – including many pieces rarely seen by the public – revealing the artist’s contributions to 20th-century American art.

The Michener‘s Chief Curator, Brian H. Peterson, will be giving two lectures at the Woodmere: 
Form Radiating Life: The Paintings of Charles Rosen (Sun., Feb. 6) —Brian H. Peterson explores Charles Rosen’s (1878-1950) creative career which began as a highly successful landscape painter. In his late 30s and early 40s, Rosen became dissatisfied with the landscape style, and under the influence of Modernist ideas his work changed radically, favoring a manner of working that might be described as both rhythmic and semiabstract, one that usually took man-made structures as subjects and was based on a passionate exploration of form as a living, organic phenomenon.
The Cities, the Towns, the Crowds: The Paintings of Robert Spencer (Sun., Feb. 13). Stylistically, Robert Spencer (1879-1931) differed radically from his New Hope colleagues. Peterson will tell the story of Spencer’s colorful yet tragic life, using as sources the written recollections of his two daughters as well as extensive new research. The lecture also examines the artist’s work, from his early, unformed beginnings to his mature New York Cityand European images.


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