Red Development No. 5

© estate of Victor Pasmore. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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This is a construction work consisting of a painting on wood with black perspex strips framing the top and bottom of the painting horizontally, with a third strip extending vertically from the bottom middle of the work. Biomorphic forms in red spread across the canvas, one large form occupies the centre of the canvas in a squashed circle shape, with a channel of red extending to the right of the canvas. Above this there is a black line, mimicking that of the perspex line, extending horizontally across the canvas to its mid-way point. Other red, glossy forms seem to melt and fuse together in the top section of the painting. The bottom of the work displays exposed, primed wood. Above this is a slender, pointed light brown shape seemingly about to pierce the large, billowing red shape which is the focal point.

Manchester Art Gallery



Red Development No. 5




oil on canvas


H 79.2 x W 79.1 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from Marlborough Fine Art Ltd, 1964

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Inscription description

artist's inscription : : reverse : artist's initials : VP


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