Oil on wood
8" x 10"
Provenance: Private Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico acquired from John F. Folinsbee Art Trust, Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1989
Exhibited: 1990 Newman Galleries: John F. Folinsbee: Following His Own Course, no. 64, as The Scientific Society
Literature: Jensen 2013: Folinsbee Considered, p 79; Cook 1994: John Folinsbee, p 82, color ill. Winter 1994: The life and art of John Folinsbee, DD4, b/w ill.
Secondary Title: The Scientific Society
The New Hope Scientific Society was formed by John Folinsbee along with artists Edward Redfield and Daniel Garber, and writer Henry Chapin. This Society became a social group of creative talent who often used their gatherings for their evening poker games. In this painting, Folinsbee is second from the left. This study resembles an oil sketch Folinsbee sold in 1930 (Poker Sketch, JFF.997), and captures a non-artistic aspect of social life in the New Hope art colony.
John Folinsbee lived in New Hope from 1916 to 1972. He and his wife, Ruth, moved to New Hope upon the suggestion of Birge Harrison, who had several friends in the flourishing artists' colony. Folinsbee was the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Isadore Prize, Salmagundi Club, 1920; the First Hallgarten Prize, National Academy of Design, 1923; the Jennie Sesnan Gold Medal, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1931; the First Altman Prize, National Academy of Design, 1941 and 1950. He also won the Palmer Marine Prize at the National Academy of Design in 1951.