The majority of their French sojourn found the Folinsbees in the charming village of Bourré, located in the Loire Valley southwest of Paris. Yet their initial stay in the capital offered plenty of inspiration for his plein air technique, and, just as in his New Hope, the artist was especially drawn to the city’s architecture and the historic bridges spanning the Seine.
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Pont Neuf, Paris is rendered with fluid strokes of bold color and an innate sense of composition, and served as source material for a larger oil later shown at and purchased by Grand Central Art Galleries in 1930. Although the latter was the exhibited piece and is an admirable painting, the smaller version has a freshness and energy characteristic of working on site as it captures the movement of the river passing under the arches of the oldest bridge in Paris.
By descent through the family of the artist
1). (verso in pencil) Pont Neuf / John Folinsbee / 50.(?)
2). (verso in pencil) Not for Sale
(handwritten sticker) Property of / Peter B. Cook