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This small sketch shows a couple, possibly the artist Claude Rogers and his wife, sitting on a bench with the sea behind them. The free handling of paint and everyday subject matter recalls the work of the French artist, Henri Matisse.  

The year before this was painted Pasmore was elected a member of the London Artists Association where he met Claude Rogers and William Coldstream. In 1937 the three men formed the Euston Road School at 12 Fitzroy Street. Pasmore described this group as 'a call for objectivity overwhelmed by the subjective domination of modern expressionism'.

August 2004