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Quantoxhead Dated 1946
Hillier was strongly influenced by surrealism and particularly the work of Max Ernst and de Chirico. In this work, the illusionistic representation of space and the strong shadows recall the landscapes of Salvador Dalí, an artist Hillier knew personally from his time as a student in Paris. In 1945, following the end of World War II, Hillier settled in Somerset and this work depicts Quantoxhead beach close to his home.

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A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.



  • Acc. No. GMA 3489
  • Medium Oil on wood
  • Size 15.10 x 25.40 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Miss Elizabeth Watt 1989