Object Detail


Date
1974-1975
Period
20th century
Media
Oil on canvas
Measurements
20 1/16 x 36 inches (unframed)
21 3/16 x 37 1/8 x 1 3/4 inches (framed)
Classification
Subject Category
Landscape
Seascape
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Anne Porter, 1979.55
Accession No
79.55
Context
Fairfield Porter spent over six decades summering with his family on Great Spruce Head Island, and during his last year there painted this view of its harbor. The dock juts straight out from the foreground into the water, a transition and passageway, both literally and metaphorically, from land to sea toward the distant shore. On Great Spruce Head Island all communication with the outside world came by boat and inevitably via the island’s wharf. The boats moored in the harbor were the single means of transportation to the mainland, and the dock is thus the passage from private to public space.

Porter was at the height of his career as a painter and writer when he painted "The Dock" in 1974-75. It was also the subject of his brother, photographer Eliot Porter. His work," The Wharf, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, July 25, 1965" is in the collection of the Amon Carter Museum.

Featured in “Maine and American Art: Farnsworth Art Museum” with thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation and Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

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