P02546 VILLA DEI MISTERI 1980
Inscribed ‘VP 80’ bottom right and ‘XIII/XV’
Etching, printed and published by 2 RC, Rome in an edition of 90, 27 1/4×78 1/4 (69.2× 198.7)
Presented by the artist 1981
Lit: Victor Pasmore: Towards New Symbols, op. cit.
'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