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

A Standing Jar of Flowers

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Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979)
A Standing Jar of Flowers
signed and dated 'Hitchens 75' (lower right), signed again, inscribed and dated 'A Standing Jar of Flowers. 1975/Ivon Hitchens/Greenleaves Petworth Sussex' (on a label attached to the reverse)
oil on canvas
25½ x 34¾ in. (64.8 x 88.3 cm.)
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.
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Lot Essay

Hitchens painted a number of flower still lifes throughout his career, from the more figurative pieces of the 1930s to the heightened abstraction demonstrated in the later works. Indeed, this is unsurprising given that the artist's home in Sussex was set in the midst of a large thicket of rhododendrons.
Hitchens remarked in conversation with the writer T.G. Rosenthal, 'I love flowers. I love flowers for painting. It's only that life's too short - one can't always do flower paintings - not a carefully arranged bunch such as people ought not to do - but doing a mixed bunch in a natural way. One can read into a good flower picture the same problems that one faces with a landscape, near and far, meanings and movements of shapes and brush strokes. You keep playing with the object'. (I. Hitchens quoted in A. Bowness (ed.), Ivon Hitchens, London, 1973, p. 13).
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