Amherst Campus, No. 1 (1969) by Fairfield Porter

Amherst Campus, No. 1 - Fairfield Porter - 1969

Artwork Information

TitleAmherst Campus, No. 1
ArtistFairfield Porter
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions62 x 46 in
Art MovementContemporary Realism
Current LocationParrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York

About Amherst Campus, No. 1

“Amherst Campus, No. 1,” created by Fairfield Porter in 1969, is an exquisite example of Contemporary Realism. This oil on canvas measures 62 x 46 inches and falls under the genre of landscape. It is part of the collection at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York, contributing to the region’s cultural heritage with its portrayal of a picturesque academic setting.

The artwork presents a vibrant autumnal scene of a college campus. Lush trees in varying shades of yellow, orange, and green dominate the foreground, suggesting the season’s change. The composition skillfully guides the viewer’s gaze from the colorful foliage toward the distant horizon. Below the trees, neatly parked cars are depicted with an economy of detail that nonetheless conveys their solid presence and mid-twentieth-century design.

In the center of the composition, a traditional building with a white facade can be spotted nestled among the trees, symbolizing the institutional heart of the campus. Its positioning amidst the natural elements reflects a harmony between the built environment and the surrounding landscape.

Porter’s brushwork exhibits a refined balance between representation and abstraction, with blocks of color and confident strokes combining to form a coherent sense of space. This technique allows the viewer to appreciate both the scene’s overall beauty and the textural qualities of the medium. The choice of a high viewpoint creates a sense of breadth and tranquility, inviting contemplation of the serene academic haven that the artwork captures.

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