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

Flowers Red and Gold

Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979)
Flowers Red and Gold
signed 'Ivon Hitchens' (lower left), signed again and inscribed 'IVON HITCHENS/Greenleaves/Lavington Common/Petworth/Sussex/"Flowers. Red + Gold"' (on the artist's label attached to the stretcher) and inscribed again 'For Redfern Gallery' (on the artist's label attached to the stretcher)
oil on canvas
24 x 16½ in. (61 x 42 cm.)
Painted in the early 1940s.
with Redfern Gallery, London, where purchased by the present owner's husband, February 1944.
London, Leicester Galleries, New Paintings by Ivon Hitchens, March - April 1944, on loan.
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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

'I love flowers. I love flowers for painting ... One can read into a good flower picture the same problems that one faces with a landscape: near or far, meanings and movements of shapes and brush strokes. You keep playing with the object' (see Tate Gallery, Ivon Hitchens Broadsheet, 1989).

In 1940, Hitchens and his family left their Hampstead home, and the wartime bombing raids on London, for the peace and tranquillity of West Sussex. Moving to the countryside contributed greatly to a change in Hitchens’ style in the early 1940s, when the present lot was painted. This period was a great turning point for Hitchens: not only did his palette become more varied and bright, but his compositions became more abstracted. The still life naturally lent itself to Hitchens’ new style and his depictions of flowers from this period are among his most sought after works.

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