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Composition 1950

Not on display

This work, dating from 1950, when Hill was just twenty, displays the cubist influence of Juan Gris alongside aspects of Victor Pasmore’s early abstract compositions with connected segments of circles, triangles and rectangles. Hill has wittily found these forms in the wrappers of Pears soap bars. This idea of Dada appropriation of found materials remained important to him and, significantly, in 1951 he began to correspond with Marcel Duchamp. Hill has always maintained that Dada and Constructivism are closely related. He particularly admired Duchamp’s formal innovations – his renunciation of oil paint and his use of industrial materials, ideas which would become identifiable in Hill’s later work.

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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.


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


A geometric, abstract style founded in the early twentieth century in Russia by Vladimir Tatlin. The movement reflected the machine age through its use of new technology and materials and applied its theories to architecture and design as well as fine art. Exiled artists such as Naum Gabo helped to spread the Constructivist ideas. ‘Constructionist’ and ‘constructed abstract art’ are also terms used to describe work relating to these ideas.


A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the 20th century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.


A radical artistic and literary movement that was a reaction against the cultural climate that supported the First World War. The Dadaists took an anti-establishment attitude, questioning art's status and favouring performance and collage over traditional art techniques. Many Dadaists went on to become involved with Surrealism.

Abstract art, Composition, Constructivism, Cubism , Dada


  • Acc. No. GMA 5053
  • Medium Collage, crayon, gouache on paper
  • Size 49.50 x 43.20 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Mr Ken Powell 2006 [received 2008]