Fairfield Porter (1907-1975)


Untitled (View from Great Spruce Head Island)
Ink on paper


Fairfield Porter was born in Winnetka, Illinois in 1907, the son of a wealthy architect. He was taken to Europe as a child and exposed to the paintings of such masters as Titian and Veronese. He graduated from Harvard in 1928 and from 1928 to 1930 he studied Art History with Bernard Berenson. He began his art education in earnest at the Art Students League, where he studied with Boardman Robinson and Thomas Hart Benton. There were two turning points in Porter's artistic life: in 1936 when he met Willem de Kooning and in 1938 when he saw an exhibition of Vuillard and Bonnard in Chicago. Porter was a nature painter but his nature is tame, sensuous, unthreatening and a comfortable container for the well-ordered and well-lived life. He painted ordinary objects and subjects, common scenes, things that surrounded him easily. His pictures are gentle companions, good-natured and good looking. In a sense, they are adult illustrations for our almost forgotten daydreams. Porter married the poet Anne Channing in 1932, and they had a family of five children. They moved to Southampton, out on the eastern end of Long Island. In addition they maintained a summer home on the Great Spruce Head Island, Maine. Porter was also a writer, publishing art critiques in major art journals including Artnews, throughout the 1940s and 1950s. Porter died in 1975.


Dealer Garvey Rita Art & Antiques
Artist/Maker Fairfield Porter
Measurements 7 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches
Price $2,500
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