John Folinsbee, Shag Rock

John Folinsbee: Shag Rock (c. 1950) Oil on canvas
Shag Rock
c. 1950
Oil on canvas
Credit Line
Museum purchase, 1956
25 7/8" x 40"

Shag Rock is a typical example of Folinsbee’s skill in rendering the many moods of the sea. Tossing waves beat against a lone rock off the coast of Maine, where a group of cormorants, otherwise known as “shags” for their crested head, cluster under a shaft of light from a stormy sky. A small daub of red paint blobs in the waves to the left of the work, though it is unclear what is depicts.


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