Christmas Tree, 1971

Fairfield Porter
Christmas Tree, 1971
Color lithograph
26 x 20 ¼ inches

signed (in pencil at lower right):
Fairfield Porter and numbered (at lower left): 20/100

Printed by Bank Street Atelier, Ltd.
Published by Brooke Alexander, Inc. and Knoedler & Co. Inc., New York
Literature: Ludman, Joan. Fairfield Porter: A Catalogue Raisonne of His Prints.
Westbury, NY: Highland House, 1981, L21, pp. 96-97.

About the Artist

Fairfield Porter was one of the few realist painters working in the 1960’s and 70’s. The domesticity of French Post-Impressionist artists Eduoard Vuillard’s and Pierre Bonnard’s art provided inspiration for Porter. A Harvard educated WASP, Porter’s still life paintings and portraits of his family, circle of friends and homes on Long Island and on the coast of Maine are iconic. In the 1970’s there was a renaissance in print making that swept the American art scene and Fairfield Porter was an active participant. He produced numerous prints throughout his career. It is interesting to note the influence of both Vuillard and Bonnard who often worked in the print medium. The two French Post-Impressionist artists were inspired by Japanese prints that began appearing in Europe after the opening of Japan in 1853. Porter also created a watercolor titled Christmas Morning in 1971. Measuring 22 x 16, Christmas Morning must have been the inspiration for this larger lithograph.