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Symphony No. 1, The Transcendental

Richard Pousette-Dart

Symphony No. 1, The Transcendental

Richard Pousette-Dart
  • Date: 1942
  • Style: Abstract Art, Abstract Expressionism
  • Genre: abstract

Symphony No. 1, The Transcendental is a large painting, considered by many to be the first mural-scale work of Abstract Expressionism. Evoking at once musical notes, cell-like squiggles, and the orbits of a planetary system, the work suggests the universal forms that inhere in the world at large. While the spiritual theme and many of the shapes are familiar from his 1930s work, Pousette-Dart's style has become more painterly and textured.

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