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Fairfield Porter #1

Elaine de Kooning

Fairfield Porter #1

Elaine de Kooning
  • Date: 1954
  • Style: Abstract Expressionism, Expressionism
  • Genre: portrait

This portrait of Fairfield Porter, unlike her earlier self-portrait, indicates a greater sense of gestural abstraction, and even visual elements of what Harold Rosenberg called "Action Painting." Elaine de Kooning evidently took more risks with this portrait by pulling her subject closer into the foreground (confronting Porter's physical vulnerability, in a sense), yet abstracting his face in a similar manner to the surrounding background. The end result is subtly haunting, and is a stunning balance of color and shade.

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