Fairfield Porter was born in Winnetka, Illinois in 1907. He studied with Thomas Hart Benton and Boardman Robinson at the Art Students League in New York City. Porter was a graduate of Harvard and from 1928 to 1930 he studied Art History with Bernard Berenson.
During WWII, Porter worked on Navy projects for an industrial designer. In 1945, he enrolled for two years at the Parsons School of Design, where he took painting lessons from a former Louvre restorer. In 1949 Porter moved to South Hampton, Long Island where he painted works that reflected his life as a country dweller and his appreciation of nature. In 1951 he was hired as an art reviewer for “Art News” and soon after, began a series of nearly annual one-man shows at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. In 1959 Porter became the art critic at “The Nation”, but quit the post two years later to paint full-time.
His works show the influence of abstract Impressionism and his subjects varied from landscapes and still lifes to portraits of art-world luminaries, including Larry Rivers, Andy Warhol, and the poet John Ashbery. Although Porter is best known as a painter, he also produced numerous prints, among them, “Broadway”, “Interior With Christmas Tree” and “Sixth Avenue”, all of which are color lithographs. Porter died of heart failure in 1975.