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

Two Poppies

Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979)
Two Poppies
signed 'Ivon Hitchens' (lower right), signed again and inscribed 'IVON HITCHENS/169 Adelaide Road NW3/'Two Poppies/London Group/Cooling Galleries' (on the artist's label attached to the stretcher)
oil on canvas
24 x 21 in. (61 x 53.5 cm.)
Painted in 1935.
Purchased directly from the artist by the present owner.
Exhibition catalogue, Ivon Hitchens, Newtown, Oriel 31, 1987, pp. 28, 40, no. 6, illustrated, as 'Still life with Poppies'.
Exhibition catalogue, Ivon Hitchens Forty-Five Paintings, London, Serpentine Gallery, 1989, pp. 27, 63, no. 7, illustrated.
London, Hayward Gallery, Hayward Annual 1980: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Selected by John Hoyland, August - October 1980, catalogue not traced.
Stoke-on-Trent, City Museum and Art Gallery, The Flower Show: An Exhibition on the Theme of Flowers in Twentieth Century British Art, July - September 1986, no. 57: this exhibition travelled to York, City Art Gallery, September - October 1986; Southampton, City Art Gallery, November - January 1987; and Durham, D.L.I. Museum and Arts Centre, January - February 1987.
Newtown, Oriel 31, Ivon Hitchens, August - September 1987, no. 6, as 'Still life with Poppies'.
London, Serpentine Gallery, Ivon Hitchens Forty-Five Paintings, October - November 1989, no. 7: this exhibition travelled to Edinburgh, City Art Gallery, December 1989 - January 1990; Preston, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, January - March 1990; and York, City Art Gallery, March - April 1990.

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Lot Essay

Hitchens loved painting poppies, but was continually caught out by the inconsiderate habit the flowers had of fading or dropping their petals. He wrote in a letter late in life: ‘I am caught up in the visual tyranny of these blasted poppies. I fail each year to organise roots in advance. Then, finding after all that they “kick off” for the year, I have to badger shops & neighbours to obtain samples to augment our own failing supply. They set an endless problem of how to “compose”, “create”, “reorganise” the brilliant colours that hit one in the eye. It takes a day to collect them, see & plan & prepare canvas, brushes, set-up generally — then next day, when one is all set up and ready — the petals drop off — the sun goes in.’ But when it did work, as in this exquisite and hugely simplified study of two square-ish blooms, his particular combination of delicacy and boldness is hard to beat.


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