Victor Pasmore

Victor Pasmore

A Pioneer of Abstraction

A pioneer of abstract painting in England and a major figure in the international abstract movement, Victor Pasmore created some of the most revolutionary paintings in Britain of his time. We were delighted to offer works by Pasmore in the specialist Prints & Multiples section of our August 2021 Contemporary & Post-War Art auction. 

Victor Pasmore didn’t move towards his signature abstract style until 1947, in a move the art historian Herbert Read described as ‘the most revolutionary event in post-war British art.’ In 1966 Pasmore re-located to Malta and it was in this same year that he began experimenting extensively with printmaking, starting with the 2RC printshop in Rome. From then on, printmaking became a significant part of his artistic practice and he worked with many important print studios, including Kelpra Studio and Curwen Press.

 

LOT 280 | § VICTOR PASMORE C.B.E., C.H. (BRITISH 1908-1998) | WHEN THE CURTAIN FALLS (FROM 'WORD AND IMAGE') - 1974 Etching, 33/60, initialled, dated and numbered in pencil | image size 40cm x 40cm (15.75in x 15.75in) | £400 - £600 + fees

 
LOT 280 | § VICTOR PASMORE C.B.E., C.H. (BRITISH 1908-1998) | WHEN THE CURTAIN FALLS (FROM 'WORD AND IMAGE') - 1974
Etching, 33/60, initialled, dated and numbered in pencil | image size 40cm x 40cm (15.75in x 15.75in) | Sold for £500*

 

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“I felt the picture has to be an independent object in its own right, not a representation of another object”  
- Victor Pasmore

 

VICTOR PASMORE C.B.E., C.H. (BRITISH 1908-1998) WORLD IN SPACE AND TIME II - 1992
 
LOT 265 | § VICTOR PASMORE C.B.E., C.H. (BRITISH 1908-1998) | WORLD IN SPACE AND TIME II - 1992
Etching and aquatint, 12/90, signed with initials, dated and numbered in pencil to margin | image size 49cm x 144cm (19.25in x 56.75in) | Sold for £7,500*

 

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With time, and this significant move to both warmer climes and into printmaking, Pasmore’s work softened and his hard-edged geometric forms gave way to more curving shapes and the wandering lines and areas of bold colour that we can see here in ‘World in Space and Time II.’ The resulting image is characterised by a simplicity and fluidity that evokes a strong sense of balance, even peacefulness, in juxtaposition to the dramatically large scale of the work.

 

*All sold prices include buyer's premium.

 

Auction Information

 

Contemporary & Post-War Art | Prints & Multiples

11 August 2021 | Live Online

 

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Prints & Multiples

 

Lyon & Turnbull are delighted to offer Modern and Contemporary editioned prints and multiples within our Contemporary & Post-War Art and MODERN MADE auctions.

An exciting and developing area of the market, Prints & Multiples are popular with new and seasoned collectors alike.

At Lyon & Turnbull, we handle prints from a wide variety of artists: from 20th century masters Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro through to the British canon of printmakers including Dame Laura Knight, L.S. Lowry, Edward Bawden, all the way to David Hockney and Howard Hodgkin. Our auctions encompass printmaking created up to and including the present day, with artists currently working in these mediums, such as Tracey Emin, David Shrigley, Banksy and the Connor Brothers.

Forthcoming auctions include Contemporary & Post-War Art in Edinburgh in January, April & August and MODERN MADE in London in March & October. If you would like to discuss consigning or works for sale, please do not hesitate to contact our specialists.

 

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