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"When I paint, I think that what would satisfy me is to express what Bonnard said Renoir told him: make everything beautiful." F. Porter
He was a painter. Also, a writer, a Communist, an anarchist, an atheist, a husband, a father, a bisexual, and a realist painting in an abstract expressionist world. And though he steadfastly refused to partake of nonrepresentational art, he probably knew more about it and wrote more intelligently about it than anyone of his time. He was the first to recognize and propound the talent of his friend and fellow painter, Willem De Kooning.... Porter was nothing if not complex. He was a package of startling contradictions all of which coexisted beneath a... http://dr-seuss21.blogspot.nl/2012_02_01_archive.html
...one of the foremost practitioners of representational painting in the American art world of the mid-20th century. For several decades he created portraits, domestic scenes, and landscapes of the places he lived in, all depicting a relaxed and comfortable world that seemed to mirror his own affluent, well-connected existence. However, his art was often more nuanced than it appears at first glance. Continued at http://www.theartstory.org/artist-porter-fairfield.htm
The Art of Fairfield Porter: An American Painter Celebrated a Sense of Place
Just how excited Porter had gotten about art comes across in this description of him by a contemporary, Frank Rogers:
I must tell you of a most enjoyable meeting this afternoon…His name is Porter his first name I’ve forgotten. What enthusiasm! We yelled. We laughed. We argued. He told me about glazing [a process of painting]; El Greco and Rubens used it he says. We talked about painters and both agreed that Rubens was wonderful, having thought him rotten in America. It was all pell-mell, fast and furious. I loved it... He’s so enthusiastic--the only person... Continued at http://www.artesmagazine.com/2010/02/the-art-of-fairfield-porter-an-american-painter-celebrates-a-sense-of-place/