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Illumination Gothic

Richard Pousette-Dart

Illumination Gothic

Richard Pousette-Dart
  • Date: 1958
  • Style: Abstract Expressionism
  • Genre: abstract
  • Media: oil, linen

Pousette-Dart developed his pantheon of diamonds, circles, and organic shapes into vertical compositions in the 1950s and 60s. The thickly layered forms in this work suggest an underwater seabed, a stained glass window, or the streaming refractions of filtered light. Where in earlier paintings there are still some distinct, quasi-representational forms, the elements here are abstract and fluid, diffused across the colored ground.

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