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Girl at a Curtain

PASMORE, Victor (1908 - 1998)

[image: Girl at a Curtain]

Date: 1943

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 61.1 x 45.9 cm

Acquired: 1955; Purchase; with assistance of Knapping Fund

Accession Number: NMW A 222

From 1941 the artist painted a series of portraits of his wife. This one, executed while they were living at Chiswick, is probably the finest. Its composition derives from portraits by the Dutch old master Johannes Vermeer (1632-75), but the dark, rich tonalities and immediacy of vision are characteristic of Pasmore. He once observed 'The ultimate test of a painting of a man is surely not whether it looks like him, but whether it feels like him'.

Work not on display

1 comment

Lee Donahue on 14 September 2012, 15:52

The interplay of light and shadow is remarkable. What's more, the curtain works far better than a set of Roman window blinds would've.

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