Fairfield Porter  (American, 1907-1975) 

Fairfield Porter (American, 1907–1975) is recognized as one of America’s most influential 20th century painters. Though better known for his art, Porter was also an accomplished art critic. By creating representational and Realist works during the dominance of Abstract Expressionism, Porter is credited for keeping Realism alive. In 1924, he attended Harvard University, where he focused on philosophy. After college, Porter studied under the painter Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889–1975) at the Art Students League of New York. The city harbored his interest in radical politics, and Porter's work grew more socially relevant. In 1949, he moved with his wife, Anne Channing, to a seaside town in Long Island, which was the inspiration for many of his landscape paintings. By 1951, he had become the associate editor of Art News and had his first New York exhibition at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. Porter's close friend Willem de Kooning (American/Dutch, 1904–1997) had recommended Porter's distinctive work to the gallery, who agreed to exhibit it upon de Koonings word. Shortly after, the gallery began representing Porter, providing him with annual exhibitions and shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art. His nature-influenced works continue to be celebrated for highlighting the extraordinary in common, daily life.

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Fairfield Porter, Winter Landscape (Snow)


Fairfield Porter
Winter Landscape (Snow)

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
Fairfield Porter, Trees in Bloom


Fairfield Porter
Trees in Bloom

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
Fairfield Porter, Daffodils and Pear Tree


Fairfield Porter
Daffodils and Pear Tree

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
Fairfield Porter, View Across the Barred Island


Fairfield Porter
View Across the Barred Island

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
Fairfield Porter, Cove Bridge


Fairfield Porter
Cove Bridge
circa 1965

Hirschl & Adler Galleries
Fairfield Porter, Still Life of Flowers on a Mirror


Fairfield Porter
Still Life of Flowers on a Mirror

Hirschl & Adler Galleries
Fairfield Porter, Rosa Rugosa


Fairfield Porter
Rosa Rugosa

Questroyal Fine Art, LLC
Fairfield Porter, The Trail


Fairfield Porter
The Trail

James Reinish & Associates, Inc.
Fairfield Porter, Claire White


Fairfield Porter
Claire White

Tibor de Nagy Gallery
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Fairfield Porter, The narrows clam shack


Fairfield Porter
The narrows clam shack
oil on paperboard


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Fairfield Porter, The Clearing--North Meadow


Fairfield Porter
The Clearing--North Meadow, 1973
watercolor and pencil on paper


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Fairfield Porter, December


Fairfield Porter
December, 1967
oil on board


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1907   Born in Winnetka, IL
1928   Studied Philosophy and Art at Harvard, Cambridge, MA
1930   Studied at the Art Students League, New York, NY
1931   First lithographed illustration for The Possessed by Dostoyevsky, Italy
1932   Married poet Anne Channing, New York, NY
1975   Died in Southampton, NY
2010   Fairfield Porter: Raw—The Creative Process of an American Master, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY (solo)
Fairfield Porter (1907-1975), Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1995   Fairfield Porter : Drawings and Poetry, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1993   On Paper: The Figure in Twentieth Century American Art, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
1991   Drawings By, Proctor Art Center, Bard College, Annadale, NY
1987   Still Life, Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowoc, WI
Compass Rose Gallery, Inaugural Exhibition, Chicago, IL (solo)
1986   The Late Watercolors, Katonah Gallery, Katonah, NY (solo)
Art Museum of Florida International University, Miami, FL
Objects Observed, Summit Art Center, Summit, NJ
Drawings and Drawings, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
1985   The Realist Landscape, Robeson Center Gallery, Newark, NJ
Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY (solo)
1984   Whitney Museum of American Art, Fairfield County, CT (solo)
Paintings and Works on Pater', Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)
Art and Friendship: A Tribute to Fairfield Porter, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
1983   Retrospective, organized by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (solo)
1982   Haus Olen Kunst, Munich, Germany
1981   Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
The Contemporary American Landscape, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY
1979   Mickelson Gallery, Washington, DC (solo)
Artist's Choice Museum, New York, NY (solo)
Hull Gallery, Washington, DC (solo)
Gross-McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
1989    Arthur, John. Spirit of Place. Boston: Bullfinch Press, 1989.
1979    Downes, Rackstraw. Art in Its Own Terms: Selected Criticism, 1935-1975. Boston: MFA Publications/artWorks, 1979.