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Title

Careening

1939


Artist

Tristram Hillier

England

11 Apr 1905 - 18 Jan 1983


About

Tristram Hillier was born in Peking, China in 1905. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 1926 under Henry Tonks and later in Paris under André Lhote. He lived in the South of France until 1940, served in the Royal Navy 1940-43, then settled in Somerset, England.

While living in Paris in the 1920s, Hillier became friends with Max Ernst and other leading Surrealist painters, and their influence was to have a lasting effect on his work. Hillier loved the sea and many of his paintings are of ships and beaches, each painstakingly precise in detail. He was an avid traveller and sketched profusely during his journeys, later constructing paintings from his rough drawings. His use of brilliant light and colour can most likely be traced to his stay in the south of France and his travels through the Mediterranean and Spain.


Details


Date

1939


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

60.2 x 80.8 cm stretcher; 77.0 x 98.5 x 7.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., black paint "Hillier./ 1939".


Credit

Watson Bequest Fund 1946


Location

Not on display


Accession number

7773


Artist information

Tristram Hillier

Works in the collection

3


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Provenance


Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Arthur Tooth & Sons 1946


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, Paintings by Tristram Hillier, London, 1946, cover (illus.). cat. no. 22

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 86 (illus.).

Ted Gott, Laurie Benson and Sophie Matthiesson, Modern Britain 1900-1960, Melbourne, 2007, 254 (colour illus.), 256 (colour illus.).

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 100. cat.no. 965

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Twenty three British painters, Sydney, 1953, 8. cat.no. 23