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Symphony No. 1
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At first sight these boys and girls don’t seems to be the kind of visitors you might expect in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
However, they are very interesting in this painting of Richard Pousette-Dart.
Especially the girls are looking seriously at the painting. The boys divide their attention between the painting and the girls.

But: HOW DID THEY MANAGED TO BRING AN UMBTELLA INSIDE THE MUSEUM

Symphony No. 1, The Transcendental
Artist: Richard Pousette-Dart (American, St. Paul, Minnesota 1916–1992 New York)
Date: 1941–42
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 228.6 x 304.8 cm
With this work of 1941-42, Pousette-Dart, then twenty-five years old, became the first of the Abstract Expressionists to make a mural-size painting. The monumental, heroic scale is integral to the artist's fundamental goals, expressive of highly personal, mystical beliefs that are as all-encompassing and vast as the work itself seemed at the time. Pousette-Dart worked in several media simultaneously, including painting and photography, and he also wrote a great deal, including poetry, art theory, and a host of other observations. He left more than 200 diaristic notebooks, providing an exceptional snapshot of the world view that shaped his art making. In a notebook probably written in 1940, he wrote, "Art is only significant as it takes us to the whole man and gives us new insights and opens secrets toward the unknown heart of our total mystic awareness." He also wrote, "My definition of religion amounts to art and my definition of art amounts to religion. … Art and religion are the inseparable structure and living adventure of the creative." (http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1996.367/)

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