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Photo: Dan Wayne

Fairfield Porter
Born 1907 in Winnetka, IL
Died 1975 in Southampton, NY
Wheat, 1960
oil paint on canvas
33 1/2 x 33 5/8 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation
1995.62
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While Porter rejected the mid-20th-century idea that art was a monolithic experience leading toward simplification and abstraction, the informality of his paintings, the loose brushwork, and the cropping of images reveal the influence of abstraction on his work. Spanning several generations and painting movements, Porter embraced both traditional American painting ideas and experimentation. This peaceful agrarian scene suggests his Midwestern roots and reductive approach to landscape.