Summer Sung Orange Down, 1985-89
Acrylic on linen
72 x 72 inches
Private Collection, Minneapolis
Summer Sung Orange Down is an exquisite example of Richard Pousette-Dart's late style: tactile, vibrant, and abstract. Colors and forms melt together on the canvas into a field of movement and luminosity, and the entire composition shimmers like a heat wave, hovering between complete abstraction and symbolic representation. Although Pousette-Dart started out as an Abstract Expressionist, by the 1980s he had begun to paint pointillist compositions such as this one, in which he explored the visual sublime and the harmony of complementary colors. "I strive to express the spiritual nature of the universe," he explained. "Painting for me is a dynamic balance and wholeness of life; it is mysterious and transcending, yet solid and real."