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Pylons 1933

On Display Modern One

'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.

Glossary Open


A general term used to describe the various movements in art from the late 19th century to the 1960s, encompassing a broad range of styles.

Unit One

A short-lived group of influential British artists and architects – including Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Paul Nash - formed in 1933. There was no unifying style or agenda, rather a common forward-looking attitude.

Modernism, Unit One


  • Acc. No. GMA 3488
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 92.00 x 60.30 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Miss Elizabeth Watt 1989