|Fairfield Porter "July" 1971|
I know I've posted about Fairfield Porter (1907-1975) before, but at that time I didn't know that Maine was such a big influence on his work (or more so, I had no reason to find it interesting!). His family had a summer home on Great Spruce Head Island, a privately owned island by the family which looks out over Penobscot Bay. The Adirondack chairs, the evergreens, the northern summer light... all reflect summer life in Maine.
|Fairfield Porter "Island Farmhouse" 1969|
His painting "Island Farmhouse" shows the home his father, an architect, designed and built for the family and a view of a fishing boat in Penobscot Bay is in the background. The family dog rests in the shade of the house. Fairfield used the home when he had his own family too. The East Coast is full of generational summer homes, most of them comfortably simple and full of history.
|Fairfield Porter "Great Spruce Head" 1974|