Nathaniel Pousette-Dart (1886-1965)
Like many artists of the time, Nathaniel Pousette-Dart started his artistic career on the East Coast. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 7, 1886, Pousette-Dart studied at the Art Students League in New York City and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. It was during this time that he studied under well known American artist Robert Henri. After returning to St. Paul, his work won prizes at many midwest exhibitions. In addition to painting, he worked for the Bureau of Engraving and in advertising. Pousette-Dart was also an instructor at the St. Paul Art Institute and served as Director of the Art Department at the College of St. Catherine. He relocated the an artist's colony in Valhalla, New York, where lived until his death on October 17, 1965.
Information from Minnesota Impressionists, Rena Neumann Coen, 1996, Afton Historical Society Press