This painting draws on Pasmore’s admiration of the work of Paul Klee – using basic formal blocks (spirals here) as the foundations for the artist’s intuitive expression. The design was first sketched in charcoal, and then painted in many layers of fluid oil paints. As the title alludes, this is one of Pasmore’s less abstract works, taking inspiration from nature and capturing his own sense of the landscape.
Spiral Motif in Green, Violet, Blue and Gold: The Coast of the Inland Sea
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 81.3 x 100.3 cm
Victor Pasmore was an English painter and printmaker and a highly influential abstract artist. His early representational work depicted landscapes, still life and figures and was typical of the Euston Road School which he helped found in 1937. However, in the late forties he embraced abstract art and constructions and became a seminal influence on its teaching. After his move to Malta, his later paintings and prints were influenced by Mediterranean colour and free forms which he claimed were purely abstract and not derived from nature.