Ocean, Second State, 1973

Fairfield Porter
Ocean, Second State, 1973
Two color lithograph in black and tan On British handmade A. Millburn paper
Sheet size, 23 X 3i inches, Image size, 13 ½ x 26 ½ inches

Edition of 40; 4 Artist’s Proofs
Signed and numbered 34/40
Printer Resam Press
Published by Brooke Alexander, Inc., NY

Ex. coll: Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Private Collection, PA

Literature: Ludman, Joan. Fairfield Porter: A Catalogue Raisonne of His Prints including illustrations, bookjackets and exhibition posters. Westbury, NY: Highland House Publishing, Inc. p. 115, No. 26

The ocean, sand and dunes of Southampton Town Beach on Long Island served as inspiration for this print. Clearly Porter is also referencing Edo Period printmaker Katsushika Hokusai’s influential work, The Great Wave.

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.

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