Richard Pousette-Dart (1916-1992) 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.
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, whose song "County Line" is ranked among the top 50 country-rock singles.
Credit Visual | Richard Pousette-Dart, Symphony No. 1, The Transcendental, oil on canvas, 1941-42, Metropolitan Museum of Art