FAIRFIELD PORTER (1907–1975)
Sunrise, about 1975–75
Watercolor on paper, 30 x 22 in.
Signed (on the back): Fairfield Porter (AEP)
RECORDED: Joan Ludman, Fairfield Porter: A Catalogue Raisonné of His Prints (Westbury, New York: Highland House, 1981), pp. 124–25 // Joan Ludman, Fairfield Porter: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels (New York: Hudson Hill Press, 2001), p. 327 no. L1185 illus.
EXHIBITED: Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, and Nielsen Gallery, Boston, 1995, Fairfield Porter Watercolors, p. 35 no. 31 // Veilleux Gallery, Farmington, Maine, 1995, Fairfield Porter // Fotouhi Cramer Gallery, East Hampton, New York, and Fotouhi Cramer Gallery, New York, 1996, By the Sea // Gleason Fine Art, Boothbay Harbor, Maine, 1996, Fairfield Porter (1907–1975): Elegant Vision
EX COLL.: the artist, until 1975; to his estate, until the present
Porter did his best work during the last fifteen years of his life. His style loosened somewhat, and he incorporated more abstract forms and colors and recorded a freer and more immediate impression of his subjects. In his lifelong pursuit of realistic, non-abstract subjects, however, Porter was far ahead of his time, particularly in painting portraits of his family and friends, a genre that wasn’t taken seriously by the art world until years later.
Sunrise is one of three studies done in preparation for Porter’s color lithograph Sunrise. It is an impressionistic view of the sea and sky taken from the beach near Porter’s Southampton home.