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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