SOLD Broadway South of Union Square, New York

by Fairfield Porter (1907–1975)
Oil on paper
16½ x 13¼ inches (sight size)



The artist

Jim Della Volpe, New York, gift from above

Sale, Artnet Auctions, New York, New York, June 16, 2010, lot 27360, from above

Private collection, acquired from above

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, October 6, 2021, lot 48, from above

Related Works 

Broadway South of Union Square, 1974–75, oil on canvas, 38 x 30 inches, signed upper right; Private collection, as reproduced in Joan Ludman, Fairfield Porter: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels (New York: Hudson Hill Press, 2001)

Union Square, Looking up Park Avenue, 1975, oil on canvas, 64¼ x 72 inches; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Note: This work was reviewed in both 2010 and 2021 by the artist’s daughter, Katharine Porter, who aided research for the 2001 catalogue raisonné published by Joan Ludman.

After returning home in 1967 from travels in Europe, Porter began focusing on scenes of New York City.

Artist Biography

By Nina Sangimino

The deepest order is not within the ability of the artist to create, instead it is something that he is able to find, whether within or outside himself, and only if he is open enough, unprejudiced enough and attentive enough.[1]
—Fairfield Porter

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Notes
VII. Suggested Resources

I. Biography

Fairfield Porter has been called both “the most important realist painter from 1949 until his death in 1975”[2] and “one of the most lucid and intelligent art critics and writers of the post 1945 period.”[3] He continued to paint representationally throughout the height of Abstract Expressionism, yet

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