Ivon Hitchens

A View from my Roof

1978

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 441 x 1095 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1980
Reference
T03127

Display caption

In 1977 Hitchens painted several views from the flat part of the roof of his house at Lavington Common, which was surrounded by trees. This was the first time that he had painted on his roof. Throughout his career Hitchens had frequently referred to his painting in musical terms. As early as 1933 he had declared his interest in the 'musical appearance of things' rather than their solid external reality. For example his division of the canvas into segments can be seen as a parallel to musical rhythms and variations. In late works such as this, his use of heightened colour comes closest to musical abstraction.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

T03127 A VIEW FROM MY ROOF 1977

Inscribed ‘Hitchens’ bottom right
Oil on canvas, 17 3/8 × 43 7/8 (44 × 109.7)
Purchased from the artist's estate through the Waddington Galleries (Grant-in-Aid) 1980
Exh: Ivon Hitchens: A Retrospective Exhibition, RA, March–April 1979, Fitzwilliam Museum, cambridge, May–June, Newlyn Art Gallery, June–July, Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston-upon-Hull, August–September and Castle Museum, Nottingham, September–October 1979 (55)

In 1977 Hitchens painted about four views (but not more) from the flat part of the roof of his house at Lavington Common, near Petworth. This was the first time he had painted on his roof. The house is surrounded by trees and it is not possible to tell in which direction he was looking.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984