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 20th 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. He co-founded the Euston Road School in 1937. Pasmore taught at Camberwell School of Art from 1943 to 1949, and it was towards the end of this period that he turned from representational to abstract art. He was awarded the CBE in 1959 and was selected for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of 1960. In 1961 he gave up teaching to concentrate on painting and exhibiting more widely. The 1970s were marked by a number of prizes in recognition of his graphic works. Pasmore’s paintings and prints are represented in public collections throughout the world. In 1981 his contribution to British art was recognised when he was made a Companion of Honour, followed two years later with his election as a Royal Academician. 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