An image of Evening pool

Ivon Hitchens

(England 03 Mar 1893 – 29 Aug 1979)

Evening pool

Location
Not on display
Further information

'Evening pool' was painted in the grounds of Hitchens home near Petworth, Sussex; the property had two small artificial ponds near the house, the Downs visible in the distance. Hitchens and his wife Mollie moved there in 1940 after their London home was damaged by a bomb. In the late 1930s Hitchens had frequently painted in Sussex, after the move the woods there became his main subject matter.

Hitchens worked outdoors, directly from nature and often painted using a horizontal double square format as this encourages the viewers’ eye to move from left to right.

Hitchens was formally trained attending the Royal Academy Schools and while there is evidence of the influences of traditional English landscape painting in his work, his interest in modern art especially the work of Cezanne and Braque is demonstrated through his use of blocks of colour, space and depth.

Year
1947
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
52.1 x 116.8 cm stretcher; 76.0 x 140.5 x 7.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.l., brown paint "Hitchens". Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1957
Accession number
9305
Copyright
© Reproduced with permission
Provenance
Alex Reid & Lefevre, Ltd., London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Alex Reid & Lefevre 1957