Tristram Hillier R.A. (British, 1905-1983) The Chapel at Zarza 25.4 x 35.6 cm. (10 x 14 in.)
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Tristram Hillier R.A.
(British, 1905-1983)
The Chapel at Zarza 25.4 x 35.6 cm. (10 x 14 in.)
Sold for £17,500 (US$ 23,380) inc. premium

Lot Details
Tristram Hillier R.A. (British, 1905-1983)
The Chapel at Zarza
signed and dated 'Hillier/69' (lower right); titled and dated again '"THE CHAPEL AT ZARZA" 1969" (on the canvas overlap)
oil on canvas
25.4 x 35.6 cm. (10 x 14 in.)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    With Arthur Tooth, London, where acquired by the family of the present owner
    Private Collection, U.K.

    Following the Second World War Tristram Hillier spent several months each year travelling in Europe and particularly France, Spain and Portugal. Frequently visiting small towns and villages, as in the present Spanish work, he was accompanied by a small car and stayed in simple guest houses or hotels along the way. Hillier would often make exquisite drawings, a skill developed under Henry Tonks at the Slade, and then work these into finished oils at a later stage. In his autobiography, Leda and the Goose, the artist speaks of Spain as 'a country which I came subsequently to love above all countries and where, since the last war, I have worked for several months each year. The translucent light of the south is comparable to that of Greece, which had so deeply fascinated me, with the addition of a dramatic quality, both noble and cruel, with which the landscape as well as the people are invested. The Iberian Peninsula is neither wholly European nor Asiatic in character, a land set apart from all others, but one pre-eminently to inspire a painter'. (Tristram Hillier, Leda and the Goose, Longmans, Green and Co, London, 1954, p.139). Much of the feeling from the above quote is transposed into the present work which combines Hillier's precise technique and meticulous observational skill.
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