Victor Pasmore
The Quiet River: The Thames at Chiswick 1943–4

Artwork details

Victor Pasmore 1908–1998
The Quiet River: The Thames at Chiswick
Date 1943–4
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 762 x 1016 mm
frame: 1075 x 1328 x 92 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1958
Not on display

Display caption

In the mid-1940s Pasmore painted a series of views of the Thames at Chiswick. In doing so he was following a tradition which goes back to nineteenth century painters, including Turner and Whistler. Pasmore was aware of these precedents when he worked on the series and, like those artists, concentrated on the subtle light variations and the atmosphere of the scene. The timeless romanticism of the diffused light and the horse and cart belie the reality of the place, which was then an industrial area: the dark form on the right is the roof of an especially odorous vitamin factory.

August 2004