Fairfield Porter in a letter to Aline Porter, Christmas Day, 1951
“For de Lubac this means that God has built into such a nature, not a supernatural power, but a certain receptive potentiality, which is to say, a capacity to recognize that what will truly make us happy is something we cannot attain or know or even fully anticipate on our own.”
Robert Royal, A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century
“On one occasion we were walking in silence and Fairfield said suddenly, ‘You know you use too much green in your painting.’ I said, ‘Fairfield, that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard you say. We are standing in an envelope of green! There is green above and below, left and right, in front and in back of us.’ Fairfield looked all around intensely, then said, ‘You’re right: you probably don’t use enough green.'”
Quoted in Fairfield Porter: An American Classic, by John T. Spike
“Another time, de Kooning recounted seeing a man at the circus, off in a corner by himself, doing a handstand on one finger. The point of it was, ‘No one asked him to do this.'” In Fairfield Porter: An American Classic, by John T. Spike.