Hitchens neither painted landscape as a detached observer, nor did he abstract forms from nature, and he valued the disciplines of Cézanne too highly to allow structure to be controlled by subjective response alone. His output was prodigious, but of uneven quality. The freshness of colour in the paintings of his last years could either burst open in glorious flourishes, or lie dormant in secretive greys. He was an isolated figure but his art was never eccentric.
P. Heron: Ivon Hitchens, Penguin Mod. Masters (Harmondsworth, 1955)
A. Bowness, ed.: Ivon Hitchens (London, 1973)
Ivon Hitchens: A Retrospective Exhibition (exh. cat. by A. Causey, London, RA, 1979)
JAMES FAURE WALKER
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