Richard Pousette-Dart

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Richard Pousette-Dart
'Symphony No. 1, The Transcendental', oil on canvas painting by Richard Pousette-Dart, 1941-42, Metropolitan Museum of Art.jpg
Richard Pousette-Dart, Symphony No. 1, The Transcendental, oil on canvas, 1941-42, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Born (1916-06-08)June 8, 1916
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Died October 25, 1992(1992-10-25) (aged 76)
Nationality American
Training Abstract painting
Movement Abstract expressionism

Richard Pousette-Dart (June 8, 1916 – October 25, 1992) was an American Abstract Expressionist painter.


He was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota and grew up in Valhalla, New York. Although Richard never attended art school, his father, Nathaniel J. Pousette-Dart, was a painter and writer on art. He moved to Manhattan in 1937. To support himself, he first served as assistant to the sculptor Paul Manship.


During the 1940s, he was active in the avant-garde New York art world; he became one of the youngest members of the emerging group of Abstract Expressionists. Rachel Youens writes that his abstract paintings, "have an immediate impact, in the sense of both sureness and conviction.".[1] In 1951, he moved to Rockland County, New York, where he lived with his wife, the poet Evelyn Gracey, until his death in 1992. His daughter Joanna Pousette-Dart is an abstract painter who regularly exhibits her paintings in important contemporary galleries and museums. In 2007 she had an exhibition at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens. His son Jon Pousette-Dart is a musician; a founder of the Pousette-Dart Band. His song "County Line" is ranked among the top 50 country-rock singles.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York City), the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC), the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA), the North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC), the Arkansas Arts Center (Little Rock, AR), the Boca Raton Museum of Art (Boca Raton, FL), the Columbus Museum (Columbus, GA), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (Washington University, St. Louis, MO), the Newark Museum (Newark, NJ), the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (Oklahoma City, OK), the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery (Lincoln, NE), the Smith College Museum of Art (Northampton, MA), and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) are among the public collections holding work by Richard Pousette-Dart.


  1. ^ Richard Pousette-Dart. Retrieved 2012 July 11.

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