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Richard Pousette-Dart
White Gothic No. 5
76 1/2 x 56 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

The paintings in Richard Pousette-Dart's Gothic series reflect his study of medieval manuscripts. The intricacy and continuity of design associated with illuminated Gothic initials and marginalia find a parallel in this painting and in the artist's philosophy. He described the universe in mystical terms as having "no certain points of beginning nor completion…no separate inside nor outside."