Victor Pasmore

(1908—1998) artist

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British painter. He became a CH in 1981.

On leaving Harrow School, Pasmore worked as a clerk for the London County Council while attending evening classes at the Central School of Art. His early work was mainly naturalistic: views of the Thames were among the most characteristic of his pictures in the 1930s and early 1940s. A change of direction took place in 1947, and it is for the abstract paintings and reliefs of this later period that he is best known. In the early 1950s Pasmore exhibited with Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth and worked on mural reliefs and other architectural projects. An influential teacher, he taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts (1949–53) and at Durham University (1954–61); his teaching method, based on his studies of the principles of abstract art and known as basic design, came to be widely adopted in British art schools. In 1984 he executed stage designs for the Royal Ballet.

Subjects: Art.

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