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Pasmore was successful as both a figurative and an abstract artist. This view of the back gardens from his Hammersmith studio is one of a series of 1940s London landscapes that brought his figurative period to an end. It shows him blurring the boundaries between naturalism and abstraction. Tate's collection of works by Pasmore charts every phase in his career. He was described by the art historian Kenneth Clark as 'one of the two or three most talented English painters' of the twentieth century.

August 2004