Fairfield Porter

Fairfield Porter’s formal education included studying art history at Harvard College and painting at the Art Students League in New York City with American artist Thomas Hart Benton. These early influences had a marked impact on him professionally as both a painter and as an art critic, two careers for which he received the highest praise from colleagues in both fields.  

Writing in 1983, poet John Ashbery, one of Porter’s contemporaries in the New York art community, referred to Porter as “perhaps the major American painter of this century,” and referred to Porter as an “abstract naturalist.”