Ivon Hitchens Arno No. 5 1965

Artwork details

Artist
Ivon Hitchens 1893–1979
Title
Arno No. 5
Date 1965
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 584 x 1549 mm
frame: 811 x 1772 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented anonymously 1968
Reference
T01027
Not on display

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This picture is the last in a series depicting the River Rother and River Itchen in West Sussex. To stress the fundamentally abstract nature of these works, he chose the title ‘Arno’ simply because the River Arno had caused extensive flooding in Florence that year. The bridge visible in earlier versions is reduced here to a blue arc, demonstrating the strict economy of form in Hitchens’s later work. However minimally defined, the calligraphic sweeps of vibrant colour over bare canvas still suggest the reflection of trees and dappled shifts of light over water.

May 2007

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