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

Deep Poppies

Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979)
Deep Poppies
signed 'Hitchens' (lower left), signed again, dated and inscribed '"Deep Poppies" 1972/by IVON HITCHENS/Greenleaves Petworth. Sussex' (on a label attached to the stretcher)
oil on canvas
36 x 18 in. (91.4 x 45.7 cm)
with Waddington Galleries, London.
Mr and Mrs H.R. Hughes.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 28 June 2006, lot 46, where purchased by the present owner.
Eastbourne, Towner Art Gallery, Ivon Hitchens: A Retropective Exhibtion, September - October 1978, no. 19: this exhibition travelled to Sheffield, Mappin Art Gallery; Reading, Museum and Art Gallery; and Portsmouth, City Museum and Art Gallery.
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Please note that the dimensions of the present lot are as follows, and not as stated in the catalogue entry:

18 x 36 in. (45.7 x 91.4 cm.)

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Lot Essay

Hitchens' handling of his flower pieces kept pace with his ever-developing interpretation of landscape. One has only to compare the relatively conservative treatment of Red Dahlias (20th Century British & Irish Art Day sale, lot 152) to see how far he had come in the thirty or more years that separate it from Deep Poppies.

There is a tremendous urgency about this painting. The challenge of capturing the poppies alive, before any of their petals dropped, is visible in the speed and boldness of the brush marks - not only in the summary notation of the poppies themselves - no time or opportunity for second thoughts here - but in the swirl and rush of what is going on around them. The three broad swipes of yellow-green momentarily pull one leftwards right out of the picture frame.

Deep Poppies was painted in the artist's eightieth year with a mastery hard won by sixty years' practice and constant development. The painting is as much about paint as it is about poppies.


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