Pasmore, Victor (1908–1998) By Fowler, Alan
Born in Chesham, Surrey, in 1908, Victor Pasmore became one of the most influential British abstract artists after the Second World War, although prior to the war his paintings were representational and strongly influenced by post-impressionism. Then in 1937 he co-founded the Euston Road School of realist painting with Claude Rogers, Graham Bell, and William Coldstream. Soon after the war he began experimenting with abstraction and by 1950 had abandoned realism for abstract works involving geometric imagery. From 1951 to 1955, Pasmore was the central figure in the Constructionist group of abstract artists, most of whom went on to pursue lifetime careers in the broad constructivist tradition.