Fairfield Porter (b. 1907, d. 1975) was an American painter and art critic. He was the fourth of five children of James Porter, an architect, and Ruth Furness Porter, a poet from a literary family. While a student at Harvard, Porter majored in Fine Arts, and continued his studies at the Art Students' League when he moved to New York City in 1928. His subjects were primarily landscapes, domestic interiors and portraits of family, friends and fellow artists, many of them affiliated with the New York School of writers, including John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and James Schuyler. Many of his paintings were set in or around the family summer house on Great Spruce Head Island, Maine and the family home at 49 South Main Street, Southampton, New York.

Beach, 1948 oil on canvas 13 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches