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

Misty Larchwood, Autumn

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Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979)
Misty Larchwood, Autumn
signed 'Hitchens' (lower left); signed again, inscribed and dated '"Misty Larchwood AUTUMN"/1962/by IVON HITCHENS/Greenleaves, Petworth. Sussex' (on the artist's label attached to the stretcher)
oil on canvas
21 x 52 in. (53.3 x 132.1 cm.)
Painted in 1962.
Provenance
The Estate of David Stuart Ellis.
Their sale; Christie’s, London, 24 May 2012, lot 225, where purchased by the present owner.
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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


'This is, in essence, a classic example of Hitchens's mature art. Asked to analyse it, he would most likely have pointed to the strong horizontal movement, given room to move rhythmically from left to right by the canvas dimensions (two-and-a-half times wider than it is high) and balanced by the only slightly less powerful vertical movement in four compartments. Once having established this surface structure, we are ready to look into the picture and follow the path receding from the foreground in a series of lights and darks to the vertical 'waterfall' of blue. Back again in the foreground, we take note of the two tree trunks bending away from each other and thereby leading the eye this way and that over the canvas to explore the rest of the painting: yellow answering yellow, Venetian red on the left luring us down that path again, browns on the right bringing us back and upwards. Thus, behind the seemingly riotous splashes of colour, all is carefully ordered with a complex system of balances both on the surface and in depth, which will keep the eye exploring year after year' - Peter Khoroche
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