The Mirror (1966) by Fairfield Porter

The Mirror - Porter, Fairfield - 1966 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleThe Mirror
ArtistFairfield Porter
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions72 x 60 in
Art MovementContemporary Realism
Current LocationThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
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About The Mirror

Fairfield Porter was among the leading painters of representational art in mid-20th century America. He specialized in painting portraits, domestic scenes, and landscapes that showed a relaxed and comfortable world. In 1966, he painted “The Mirror,” one of his most famous pieces that measured 6 feet 3/4 inches x 5 feet 3/4 inches.

One of Porter’s notable works, “The Mirror,” is an oil on canvas painting that portrays the artist Painting his ten-year-old daughter Elizabeth. The artwork presents the relationship between reality and illusion, as it captures both the painter and subject simultaneously looking out at us while each appears reflected in multiple mirrors.

Aside from portraits of friends and family members like this one, Porter often created still lifes such as vases of flowers or fruit baskets. His style was unique due to his use of color; he used flats with unblended colors to create a texture full surface that evokes natural light falling over objects.

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