John Folinsbee, Slate Quarry, Bangor

Date
1929
Medium
Oil on canvas
Credit Line
Long-term loan from the John F. Folinsbee Art Trust
Dimensions
32 x 40 in.

Depicting a quarry near Allentown and Bethlehem, the painting employs a bold, planar approach that treats the landscape as an architectural structure and maximizes the intersection of the angular thrusts of the quarry’s rock face for greater visual impact. The palette is simplified, almost monochromatic; the space is compressed, and form is constructed through geometric patches of color. The contrasting swirls of clouds and curves of the draglines that drape across the center of the canvas give a sense energy that is echoed in this rhythmic application of paint.

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