Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979)
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Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979)

Open Blue

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Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979)
Open Blue
signed 'Hitchens' (lower left), signed again, inscribed and dated '"Open Blue" 1966/By IVON HITCHENS/Greenleaves. Petworth. Sussex' (on a label attached to the stretcher)
oil on canvas
20¼ x 41½ in. (51.5 x 105.5 cm.)
Provenance
with Marjorie Parr, London and St Ives.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 10 June 1983, lot 252 (illustrated on the front cover of the catalogue), where purchased by the present owner.
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Lot Essay

Some of Hitchens's flower pieces can be read as landscapes but in Open Blue the two genres seem to be in confrontation: on the right one poppy, or rather, Hitchens's amazing shorthand for a poppy (just look at the separate paint marks), and on the left horizontal bands of colour leading the eye up and back towards a distant smudge of green - a landscape all but blotted out by the huge block of blue that dominates the picture.

The sky does not usually play a prominent part in a Hitchens landscape. Often it is obscured by a canopy of leaves and branches. But here it is 'in your face' and moreover not where you expect it to be, with a teasing pattern of vapour trails, in paint and sgraffito. A mystery picture, indeed, but highly dramatic, uncompromising, provocative.

We are very grateful to Peter Khoroche for preparing the catalogue entries for lots 6 and 14.

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