Anthony Hill Orthogonal / Diagonal Composition 1954

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Artist
Anthony Hill born 1930
Title
Orthogonal / Diagonal Composition
Date 1954
Medium Blackboard paint and enamel paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 606 x 1216 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1974
Reference
T01906
Not on display

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This painting is the first of Hill's purely linear works. It can be 'read' in a number of ways. It is deliberately organized so that the junctions of the lines optically destabilize the composition, which can be broken up into lines, points, squares and triangles. Influences included earlier European abstraction, as well as Duchamp (Hill describes the work as a 'geometric readymade'). Most of Hill's subsequent abstract work has been in sculpture and relief.

August 2004

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