Fairfield Porter

Fairfield Porter (June 10, 1907 - September 18, 1975) was an American painter and art critic.

Largely self-taught, he produced representational work in the midst of the Abstract Expressionist movement.His subjects were primarily landscapes, domestic interiors and portraits of family, friends and fellow artists; many set in or around the family house on Spruce Head Island, Maine.His painterly vision which encompassed a fascination with nature and the ability to reveal extraordinariness in ordinary life was heavily indebted to the French painters Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard. He said once, "When I paint, I think that what would satisfy me is to express what Bonnard said Renoir told him: make everything more beautiful."