The son of Swedish immigrants, Nathaniel
Pousette-Dart became a painter of Minnesota landscape and other subjects in
styles ranging from realist to non-objective. He studied at the Art
Students League of New York, and with Robert Henri at the Pennsylvania Academy
of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
After this period in the East, he returned to St.
Paul, Minnesota and established his reputation. Rena Coen in her book, Minnesota
Impressionists, wrote: "After
returning to St. Paul, his work won prizes at many Midwest
exhibitions. In addition to painting, he worked for the Bureau of
Engraving and in advertising. Pousette-Dart was also an instructor
at the St. Paul Art Institute and served as Director of the Art Department at
the College of St. Catherine. He relocated the an artist's colony in Valhalla,
New York, where lived until his death on October 17, 1965."
In 1913, he was married to Flora Louise Dart, who
was progressive about marriage, and believed that marriage should be a mutual sharing
relationship and not one where the wife vows to love, honor, cherish, and
'obey.' She, in agreement with the groom, revised the traditional marriage vows
to reflect their attitudes, and after the marriage, they combined their last
names to Pousette-Dart.
Rena Coen, Minnesota Impressionists
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