Victor Pasmore The Green Earth 1979–80

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Artist
Victor Pasmore 1908–1998
Title
The Green Earth
Date 1979–80
Medium Oil paint on canvas on wood
Dimensions Support: 1238 x 1835 mm
frame: 1230 x 1839 x 32 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1980
Reference
T03086
Not on display

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According to Pasmore 'This picture is a completely independent abstract painting and not a landscape abstraction. The title was given after it was painted, to form a poetic metaphor.' It develops a theme explored in a series of paintings made between 1968 and 1976, following Pasmore's move to Malta. He turned from relief construction to a more symbolic content, expressed in colour, shape and line. In the earlier of these works, as here, rounded, organic looking abstract motifs appeared to be held in space by dark rod-like forms. Pasmore also links 'The Green Earth' to very early abstracts, like 'Square Motif, Blue and Gold: The Eclipse', also in this gallery: 'it was one of the first to return to my interest in colour.'

September 2004

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