Ivon Hitchens (British, 1893-1979) Felled Trees 44.5 x 109.5 cm. (17 1/2 x 43 in.)

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Lot 66
Ivon Hitchens
(British, 1893-1979)
Felled Trees 44.5 x 109.5 cm. (17 1/2 x 43 in.)

Sold for £ 42,000 (US$ 57,894) inc. premium
Ivon Hitchens (British, 1893-1979)
Felled Trees
signed and dated 'Ivon Hitchens/42' (lower left), further signed and inscribed 'Ivon Hitchens/Greenleaves Lavington Common/Petworth Sussex/''Felled Trees'' (on a label attached to the stretcher)
oil on canvas
44.5 x 109.5 cm. (17 1/2 x 43 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    With Alex Reid and Lefevre, London, where purchased by the father of the present owner
    Thence by descent

    Woodland became a key feature of Hitchens' paintings from the early 1940s onwards, when he moved out of London to Sussex after his studio in Adelaide Road, Belsize Park was badly damaged. Surrounded by trees and nature his canvases took on a new vitality and spontaneity, as is evident in the present lot. It is likely that Felled Trees depicts the larch wood that Hitchens was preoccupied by during the war and which the government had ordered to be felled. Two confident, horizontal strokes of white paint lie across the left side of the canvas, representing trunks which have been stripped of their leaves and branches, whilst in the distance two more trees stand defiantly over them.

    Peter Khoroche comments on Hitchens' paintings made during the war, 'His paintings came out of a total absorption in nature and an acute sensitization of all his senses, not only his eyes. Ablauschen is the German word for this alert state of receptivity, but there seems to be no English equivalent. It applies specifically to listening – to straining one's ears so as to find, or feel, one's way into the hidden nature of things – a process of intimate understanding from within. (Peter Khoroche, Ivon Hitchens, Lund Humphries, Aldershot, 2007, p.91).

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the measurements for this work should read 41 x 75 cm. (16 x 29 ½ in.)
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