July (1971) by Fairfield Porter

July - Fairfield Porter - 1971

Artwork Information

ArtistFairfield Porter
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions100 x 80 in
Art MovementContemporary Realism
Current LocationThe Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas
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About July

Fairfield Porter’s iconic painting “July” is a masterpiece in the world of representational art. Measuring 80 by 100 inches, the largest painting ever created by the artist depicts a cluster of lawn chairs set on a pine-shaded estate. The scene portrays how July should be experienced, with sunshine and relaxation as key themes.

Porter’s use of impastoed flowers and faded figures in the background adds depth to the work, showcasing his skill as an artist. His artworks were heavily influenced by artists such as Pierre Bonnard and Willem de Kooning, evident through his use of color and brushstrokes.

A prominent name in mid-20th century American art, Porter was known for creating comfortable and relaxed scenes that appealed to a wide range of audiences. His other famous works include “Primroses” and “Girl in a Landscape.” The painting “July” has been loaned to various exhibitions over time and is part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art collection.

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