Associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement, Pousette-Dart produced an important body of works on paper in the early 1940s in which he explored complex techniques to create mysterious and evocative semi-abstract imagery. Combining a free application of color with exacting calligraphic details and an intricate layering of mediums, Passacaglia--whose title evokes dance rhythm--is a superb example of these works that test the border between painting and drawing.
Pen and brush and ink, watercolor and opaque watercolor, oil paint, crayon, and graphite pencil, with scratching and selectively applied glaze on paperboard prepared with white ground.
17 7/8 x 23 15/16 inches (45.4 x 60.8 cm)
Gift of the Richard Pousette-Dart Estate.
The Richard Pousette-Dart Estate.