Fairfield Porter (06/10/1907-09/18/1975) was born in Chicago, Illinois. He studied art at Harvard, then attended the Art Students League where he studied with Boardman Robinson and Thomas Hart Benton. While he was writing for Art News in 1952, fellow artists recommended Porter to a gallery. He then began his career as an artist, and though he started late, at age 45, he developed a successful career as an artist. Porter was influenced by artists such as de Kooning and Vuillard. He taught at Long Island University, Southampton College, Queens College, Amherst College and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He was an editorial associate for Art News magazine from 1951 to 1958, and was an art critic for The Nation magazine from 1959 to 1960.