Everyone, meet Fairfield Porter. When it comes to painters, I have a lot of favorites, but this guy is near the top of the list. In fact, he might just be at the VERY top. When I look at his work it just seems like he speaks my language. Or, I guess I should say I feel like I speak his language. His colors are perfect. His subject matter is quiet and serene. And his loose and brushy painting style feels relaxed and comfortable.
"Porter's reputation rests in a penumbra of partial appreciation. His art is known but neglected, familiar but not famous, reproduced but on a limited scale." -John Wilmerding
I've seen a couple of Porter's paintings in person, at museums, and one unexpectedly at a meeting with a client. (A client with an impressive art collection!) For a long time I've been hoping to find a book about him, and I looked all over. There's been nothing. BUT, a couple weeks ago on a visit to the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, I walked past the gift shop and saw a big Fairfield Porter book staring at me from the shelf just inside the door. I grabbed one and walked straight to the cash register.
And it's beautiful. So well done.