Heritage Malta’s National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta has just received in donation two large paintings by the renowned British international artist Victor Pasmore (1908-1998), who lived in Malta from the mid 1960s until his death. The paintings were officially presented to Heritage Malta on Tuesday 19 June at a special event hosted at the National Museum of Fine Arts.
This is yet another key donation to the National Collection which has been made possible thanks to the altruism and generosity of the Pasmore family, who have identified Heritage Malta as a safe repository and the best means to conserve, interpret, care for and display these two treasured and important works.
The two iconic paintings are a most welcome addition to the National Collection, especially the increasing contemporary art collection managed by Heritage Malta in view of establishing a Contemporary Art Museum. One is Victor Pasmore’s last work, completed shortly before he died in 1998, and is typical of the style he developed while living in Malta. The second picture, a screen-print on canvas, is one of Pasmore’s rare works with printed text illustrating one of Pasmore’s numerous poems.
Both paintings were conserved and restored by Heritage Malta’s expert team of conservators, who have successfully concluded a very complex conservation project. Necessary interventions were very difficult to undertake and each step had to be carefully planned and implemented since Pasmore used a layered painting technique which had to be carefully studied before any interventions could take place. The artist also made use of spray based paints which are difficult to treat and deal with in such complex conservation projects.
The Victor Pasmore Donation: A Gift to the National Collection exhibition can be viewed at the National Museum of Fine Arts in South Street, Valletta, everyday from 09.00hrs till 17.00hrs.