4 March 2003
Fairfield Porter (1907-1975)
View of the Barred Islands
signed 'Fairfield Porter' (lower right)
oil on masonite
18 x 36 in. (45.7 x 91.4 cm.)
Gift of the artist.
By descent in the family to the present owners.
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J. Ludman, Fairfield Porter: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels, New York, 2001, no. L525, p. 218
Executed in 1965.
The Barred Islands are a chain of barren islets a half-mile away from Great Spruce Head Island, in Penobscot Bay, Maine. Great Spruce Head Island was purchased by James Porter, the artist's father, in 1912. Fairfield Porter summered on Great Spruce Head Island throughout his lifetime.
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