Fairfield Porter, ‘Daffodils and Pear Tree’, 1973, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

About Fairfield Porter

Fairfield Porter was at the forefront of post-war representational painters who struggled for recognition during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism. Although a realist in subject matter, Porter not only admired and championed the abstract work of his friend Willem de Kooning, but also himself gravitated to the inherent abstraction found in nature. He explored the subjective experience of landscape, figurative, and still life subjects in Southampton and Spruce Head Island, Maine. His flattened, unmodeled, soft-edged forms portrayed three-dimensional space with a gestural, lush brush stroke and patterned surface arrangement of forms. Porter drew inspiration from his domestic life, once noting to a student: “I think…that a strong religious feeling requires a strong sense of matter-of-fact.”

American, 1907-1975, Spruce Head Island, Maine

Group Shows

2013
2012
New York, NY, United States,
INsite/INchelsea: The Inaugural Exhibition
2005
New York, NY, United States,
Eye Contact: Painting and Drawing in American Art
2000
New York, NY, United States,
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery: The First Decade
1993
New York, NY, United States,
On Paper: The Figure in Twentieth Century American Art
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