SOLD The Bull's Head, Bridgehampton, 1953

by Fairfield Porter (1907–1975)
Oil on canvas
24¼ x 32⅛ inches
Signed and dated lower right: Fairfield Porter 53; signed indistinctly lower right: Porter



Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, New York

Stable Gallery, New York, New York

Rosalind Constable, New York, New York

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, May 24, 1990, lot 244

Benjamin V. Lambert, the Hamptons, New York, acquired from above

Estate of Benjamin V. Lambert, the Hamptons, New York, 2021

Sale, Christie’s, New York, New York, May 17, 2022, lot 59, from above


Joan Ludman, Fairfield Porter: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 2001), 132, no. L146.

Note: Rosalind Constable (1907–1995) was a writer, art critic, and collector. In addition to her twenty-year career at Time magazine, Constable was a trustee of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and a guest curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe.

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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