Transparent Relief Construction in White, Black, Green and Maroon
© Victor Pasmore Estate

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Transparent Relief Construction in White, Black, Green and Maroon 1960 - 1961
Pasmore exhibited his first constructed reliefs in 1952. However, those with vertical slants, such as this work, were begun in 1954 and continued in many different versions until 1961. Although the series owes something to the ideas of the American constructionist Charles Biederman, the grouping of the planes into a rectangular block and the restricted palette make them very different from Biederman’s bold, more dispersed, reliefs. Pasmore’s are distinctly architectural, and, in 1956, enlarged versions were placed in the Stephenson Engineering Building at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne with the intention to stimulate the space.

Glossary Open


A hand-held board on which a painter lays out and mixes the colours he or she is using. By extension it is used to describe the range of colours employed by an artist.


A form of sculpture where the image or design projects from a flat surface types of which include, bas-relief or low relief.

Palette , Relief


  • Acc. No. GMA 5074
  • Medium Painted wood and Perspex
  • Size 53.30 x 55.80 x 5.00 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Mr Ken Powell 2006 [received 2008]