P07415 IL MOSTRO 1977
Inscribed ‘Victor Pasmore 76’ bottom right and ‘XII/XII’
Etching, printed and published by 2RC, Rome in an edition of 40, 41 1/2×80 (105.4× 203.2)
Purchased from Marlborough Graphics (Grant-in-Aid) 1980
Lit: Alan Bowness, Victor Pasmore: with a catalogue raisonné of the paintings, constructions and graphics 1926–79, 1980, no.58 Victor Pasmore: The Space Within, Rome, 1978, n.p.
'Il Mostro’ [P07415] was the first of a series of etchings made at the 2RC studio in Rome, for which Pasmore used a very direct method of working on the plate to produce large and fluid areas of colour aquatint. He poured a solvent onto the varnished copper plate, controlling the run and spread of the liquid. The area thus bared for aquatinting and etching was then modified and augmented to complete the image. ‘Un Bel di Vedremo’ [P02545] and ‘Stromboli’ [P07416] were done in the same way, but for ‘Villa dei Misteri’ [P02546] Pasmore made the large colour areas more controlled, also overlaying small colour shapes. Pasmore had first worked at 2RC in 1970; he has since worked there many times, taking advantage of the unusually large plate sizes they can accomodate on their big press.
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984