Window, Finsbury Park

Victor Pasmore (1908 - 1998)

Oil on canvas

1933

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  • About the work
    Window, Finsbury Park is a work painted by Victor Pasmore during the early part of his career. The scene is framed by the large rectangular open window through which the trees and greenery of Finsbury can be viewed against a backdrop of London's chimneys and rooftops. In this composition, Pasmore’s eye for colour and form took precedence over a faithful rendition of visual detail, at a stage when his painting remained figurative. This work was produced in 1933, the year of his first solo exhibition held in London, and during the period that he exhibited with the London Group.
  • About the artist
    Victor Pasmore was one of the leading British painters and printmakers of the twentieth century. He studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and began exhibiting with the London Group in 1930, becoming a member in 1934. Together with William Coldstream, Claude Rogers and Graham Bell, he founded the Euston Road School in 1937. Concerned with developing an objective approach to the depiction of everyday subjects, their paintings depicted realistic subjects in a realistic manner. Pasmore taught at the Camberwell School of Art from 1943 to 1949,and turned from representational to abstract art towards the end of this period. Awarded the CBE in 1959, his work was selected for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1960, after which he gave up teaching to focus on his art practice. He received a series of prizes for his graphic works in the 1970s and his work is represented in public collections throughout the world. He was made a Companion of Honour in 1981 and elected a Royal Academician two years later. He died in Malta in 1998.
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  • Details
    Title
    Window, Finsbury Park
    Date
    1933
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 55.00 cm, width: 69.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Mayor Gallery, September 1964
    GAC number
    6683