Victor Pasmore, La Grotta di Calipso

Artist: Victor Pasmore (1908 - 1998)
Title:La Grotta di Calipso
Medium:etching and aquatint
Image:39 1/2 in x 39 1/2 in (100 cm x 100 cm)
Sheet:39 1/2 in x 39 1/2 in (100 cm x 100 cm)
Signature:VP 78, LR, pencil
Condition:This work is in pristine condition
ID #w-827
Price on Request

Historical Description

Composed in a unique square format on a full rectangular sheet of paper, Pasmore creates a mesmerizing image that fascinates the eye both through its tonal variation and delicate manipulation of form.

Created in 1978, this image was printed by 2RC Workshop, Rome. The work is numbered in pencil 40/90 in the lower left and entailed in the lower right.

Using distinct tones of warm rust inspired browns and inky black, Pasmore creates a signature organic image that is infused by a latent sense of growth that appears to be active just below the picture's surface. The inner forms outlined in brown appear to pull away and contract towards each other. Of Pasmore's work Norbert Lynton states, "the process invested in each work became and have remained patent ingredients, part of the work's meaning. The impersonality and finality of the reliefs, implied rather than truly inherent, have yielded to limitless imagings and actions continuing to the present. The work's messages are mostly about joy in life, in sight, in action.

The work of Victor Pasmore maybe compared to Arp, Calder, Cocteau, Dali, Hayter, Miro, Moore, Masson and Rothko.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
It is fully documented and referenced in (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that I will accompany the final sale of the work) :

1) Bowness, Alan and Lambertini, Luigi, Victro Pasmore: A Catalogue Raisonne of the paintings, constructions and graphics 1926-1979, 1980, listed as cat. 68

About the Framing:
This work is framed in a magnificent Spanish inspired frame with gilt sculptural detailing. The black underscores the dark tonality of the image while the gold enhances the overall luminosity of the work. The framing is completed by a small linen matte along the exterior of the framing.