Tristram Hillier

Pylons

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About this artwork

'Pylons' was exhibited at the first and only exhibition of the modernist 'Unit One' group in London in 1934, where it aroused much interest. It was purchased from the exhibition by Elizabeth Watt, who bequeathed it to the Gallery more than fifty years later. In this painting the three tall pylons carry no wires and their location on the beach is deliberately enigmatic. The attention to detail and relocation of objects from their usual surroundings draw parallels with the work of Dalí and Tanguy. However, unlike those artists, Hillier does not use unlikely objects and improbable landscapes.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Tristram HillierEnglish (1905 - 1983)
  • title:
    Pylons
  • date created:
    1933
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    92.00 x 60.30 cm (framed: 103.70 x 71.70 x 9.30 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Miss Elizabeth Watt 1989
  • accession number:
    GMA 3488
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Tristram Hillier

Tristram Hillier