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Influenced by De Chirico’s combination of classical and modern elements, Hillier’s Composition 1933 (Interior) evokes an atmosphere of timeless mystery through the broken chairs and the classical figures in the discarded painting, while the newspaper provides a contemporary detail. The unsettling qualities of this atmosphere are enhanced by his precise realism. Hillier was member of Unit One, a British group of progressive painters, sculptors and architects founded in 1933 by the painter Paul Nash.

December 2008