Tristram Hillier
Variation on the Form of an Anchor 1939

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Tristram Hillier 1905–1983
Variation on the Form of an Anchor
Date 1939
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1502 x 1092 mm
frame: 1608 x 1206 x 70 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1984
Not on display

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Like Nash and Wadsworth, Hillier was impressed by the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico, which he encountered while living in Paris in the 1920s. The Italian's plunging perspectives and unexpected juxtapositions evoked a mysterious world that led Hillier towards Surrealism. The scale of this anchor-structure is overwhelming, like a monument of unknown significance. It is one of several mysterious beach scenes with abandoned elements made in the 1930s.

December 2005

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