October 17 , 1886

Painter, writer, teacher and Nantucket summer resident Nathaniel Jermund Pousette-Dart died in 1965. Born Nathaniel Pousette in 1886, Pousette-Dart was the son of Swedish immigrants and grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. He studied painting at the Art Students League in New York City and in Philadelphia under the painter Robert Henri and at the Academy of Fine Arts.

He married Flora Louise Dart in 1913, and they combined their last names to form Pousette-Dart. After school, he lived in St. Paul, where he became known for his Minnesota landscapes. Later, he lived in Valhalla, New York. He exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He is the author of nine art books and contributed to Art News, American Artist and other art magazines.

The Pousette-Darts had two children, both painters, Richard Pousette-Dart and Maggie Meredith. His grandson John Pousette-Dart is a musician.


Excerpted from On This Day In Nantucket History
By Amy Jenness
The History Press
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