Victor Pasmore - Birthday - Bebb Fine Art

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VICTOR PASMORE – BIRTHDAY

Victor Pasmore (1908-1998)

Birthday

Etching with aquatint

Signed and dated in pencil

1997

‘HC 2/2’ an hors commerce impression

Image size 30 x 30 cms

Framed 54 x 64 cms

In perfect condition


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Victor Pasmore, CH, CBE (3 December 1908 – 23 January 1998) was a British artist and architect. He pioneered the development of abstract art in Britain in the 1940s and 1950s.

His break into abstract art was inspired by the artists Piet Mondrian and Paul Klee.Their writings feature nature and the creation of a dynamic harmony in art which stood for the future harmony of society. Beginning in 1947, he developed a purely abstract style under the influence of Ben Nicholson and other artists associated with Circle, becoming a pioneering figure of the revival of interest in Constructivism in Britain following the War. Victor Pasmore’s abstract work, often in collage and construction of reliefs, pioneered the use of new materials and was sometimes on a large architectural scale. Herbert Read described Pasmore’s new style as “The most revolutionary event in post-war British art“. In 1950, he was commissioned to design an abstract mural for a bus depot in Kingston upon Thames and the following year Victor Pasmore contributed a mural to the Festival of Britain that promoted a number of the British Constructivists.

Victor Pasmore was a supporter of fellow artist Richard Hamilton, giving him a teaching job in Newcastle and contributing a constructivist structure to the exhibition “This Is Tomorrow” in collaboration with Ernő Goldfinger and Helen Phillips. Victor Pasmore was commissioned to make a mural for the new Newcastle Civic Centre. His interest in the synthesis of art and architecture was given free hand when he was appointed Consulting Director of Architectural Design for Peterlee development corporation in 1955. Pasmore’s choices in this area proved controversial; the centerpiece of the town design became an abstract public art structure of his design, the Apollo Pavilion. The structure became the focus for local criticism over the failures of the Development Corporation but Pasmore remained a defender of his work, returning to the town to face critics of the Pavilion at a public meeting in 1982.


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