Victor Pasmore

Spiral Motif (Subjective Landscape) in Black and White

About this artwork

Pasmore's art of the 1930s and 1940s was ardently figurative but in 1948 he suddenly began painting abstract works. This work is one of a series of about six paintings made between 1950 and 1952 that Pasmore based on a spiral motif. Composed of organic swirls suggesting natural forms, Pasmore described them as landscapes of the mind: “What I have done is not the result of a process of abstraction in front of nature, but a method of construction emanating from within”. He made a vast ceramic mural of similar design for the 1951 Festival of Britain Exhibition, held in London.

  • title:
    Spiral Motif (Subjective Landscape) in Black and White
  • accession number:
    GMA 833
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  • materials:
    Oil on wood
  • date created:
    1951
  • measurements:
    80.60 x 22.00 cm (framed: 106.00 x 45.00 x 6.20 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased (Knapping Fund) 1963
  • copyright:
    © Estate of Victor Pasmore. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Victor Pasmore

Victor Pasmore