Fairfield Porter’s “July Interior” is a realist painting completed in 1964. The work features a pink bedroom interior that includes furniture, curtains, and a glimpse of a nursery. Measuring 56 1/8 × 72 inches, the painting is housed at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC.
The American painter was known for his representational style during the peak era of Abstract Expressionism. Porter took inspiration from Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard’s intimiste depictions of everyday life combined with Willem de Kooning’s lush paint handling. His focus on ordinary scenes and objects transformed them into intimate portraits often featuring friends or family members.
The composition of “July Interior” is simple yet strikingly vivid with its soft color palette highlighted by bright pinks, blues, yellows, and greens. The painting exudes comfort inviting viewers to enter the serene world he created on canvas. Through this work, Porter demonstrates his acute observation skills which mark his dedication to realism while exemplifying the effect that even mundane realities can have when captured as art.