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Palisade, August 1959
© Estate of Roger Hilton. All rights reserved, DACS 2015

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Palisade, August 1959 1959

Not on display

From 1956 Hilton made frequent painting trips to Cornwall, and at the same time began to reintroduce figurative and landscape motifs into his abstract paintings. This is evident in this painting, where the flat, vertically arranged areas of colour are suggestive of a fence of wooden poles. The artist also began to use titles in his work again in the late 1950s, after a period of simply labelling them with the month and year of their production. Many of them make reference to Cornwall and the sea.

Glossary Open

Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.


A distinctive element in a work of art or design.

Abstract art, Figurative art, Motif


  • Acc. No. GMA 1312
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 152.40 x 137.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1974