Ivon Hitchens (British, 1893-1979) Arabesque of Flowers 57.7 x 106.7 cm. (22 3/4 x 42 in.)
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Ivon Hitchens
(British, 1893-1979)
Arabesque of Flowers 57.7 x 106.7 cm. (22 3/4 x 42 in.)
Sold for £62,500 (US$ 105,248) inc. premium
Lot Details
Ivon Hitchens (British, 1893-1979)
Arabesque of Flowers
signed 'Hitchens' (lower left); further signed, inscribed, titled and dated '"arabesque of flowers 1957"/ by IVON HITCHENS/Greenleaves. Petworth. Sussex' (on a label attached to the stretcher)
oil on canvas
57.7 x 106.7 cm. (22 3/4 x 42 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in the late 1970s

    By the time the present work was painted, Ivon Hitchens' reputation as
    one of the leading British Artists of the 20th Century was secure. In
    1956 he had been chosen to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale and
    was described by Patrick Heron as the most important English painter now
    living.
    Floral subjects were always of great interest to Ivon Hitchens who had
    exhibited works from this genre as far back as his first solo exhibition
    at The Mayor Gallery in 1925. Flowers, with their vibrancy of colour
    gave much scope for abstraction which became increasingly important to
    the artist as his style matured. Hitchens created his flower pictures in
    tandem with his landscapes and they can often be read in the same way;
    Arabesque of Flowers, which dates to 1957 being an excellent
    example. Indeed, it was Patrick Heron who commented that 'even his
    exquisite flower still lifes are somehow extended into the spatial
    dimensions of landscape'. (Patrick Heron in The New Statesman and
    Nation, 14 June 1952). Arabesque of Flowers is presented in
    trademark panoramic landscape format and combines rhythmic brushwork to
    create a truly expressive canvas.
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