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Title

Evening pool

1947

Artist

Ivon Hitchens

England

03 Mar 1893 - 29 Aug 1979

  • Details

    Date
    1947
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    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.

    Credit
    Purchased 1957
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    9305
    Copyright
    © The Estate of Ivon Hitchens/DACS. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Ivon Hitchens

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  • About

    'Evening pool' was painted in the grounds of Hitchens home 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. In the late 1930s Hitchens had frequently painted in Sussex, after the move the woods 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 Schools 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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