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Evening pool



Ivon Hitchens


03 Mar 1893 – 29 Aug 1979

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    52.1 x 116.8 cm stretcher; 76.0 x 140.5 x 7.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l., brown paint "Hitchens". Not dated.

    Purchased 1957
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Ivon Hitchens/DACS. Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Ivon Hitchens

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  • About

    'Evening pool' was painted in the grounds of Hitchens home at Lavington Common near Petworth, Sussex; the property had two small artificial ponds near the house, the Downs visible in the distance. Hitchens and his wife Mollie moved there in 1940 after their London home was damaged by a bomb during World War II. In the late 1930s Hitchens had frequently painted in Sussex, after the move the woodlands there became his main subject matter.

    Hitchens worked outdoors, directly from nature and often painted using a horizontal double square format as this encourages the viewers’ eye to move from left to right.

    Hitchens was formally trained attending the Royal Academy of Arts and while there is evidence of the influences of traditional English landscape painting in his work, his interest in modern art especially the work of Cezanne and Braque is demonstrated through his use of blocks of colour, space and depth.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

  • Provenance

    Alex Reid & Lefevre, Ltd., London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Alex Reid & Lefevre 1957

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