• Important American Paintings,  auction at Christies

    Sale 2225

    Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    2 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 122

    Fairfield Porter (1907-1975)

    The Trees

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Fairfield Porter (1907-1975)
    The Trees
    signed and dated 'Fairfield Porter 61' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    45 x 40 in. (114.3 x 101.6 cm.)


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    The bare tree depicted in the foreground of the present work is a common form in many of Fairfield Porter's paintings. Located on the artist's property in Southampton, New York, this elm tree provided the artist with inspiration for many years, becoming an iconic element of his repertoire.

    We would like to thank Joan Ludman for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.

    Provenance

    Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York.
    Private collection.
    Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York.
    Private collection.


    Literature

    J. Ludman, "Checklist of the Paintings by Fairfield Porter," In Fairfield Porter: An American Classic, New York, 1992, p. 291.
    J. Ludman, Fairfield Porter, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels, New York, 2001, p. 181, no. L354, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Collects Paintings, March 31-May 15, 1983.
    New York, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., Fairfield Porter, 1907-1975, September 25-October 31, 1992.