Ivon Hitchens

Triangle to Beyond

1936

Medium
Oil paint on canvas and wood
Dimensions
Object: 762 x 508 mm
frame: 1002 x 753 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1980
Reference
T03124

Display caption

In 1934 Hitchens contributed to the exhibition 'Objective Abstractions' at the Zwemmer Gallery, with artists such as Victor Pasmore and Rodrigo Moynihan. They aimed to evolve a non-representational art by focusing objectively on the process of painting. 'Triangle to Beyond', of 1936, is actually closer to non-representational painting than any of the works Hitchens had exhibited in 1934 and is probably the only three-dimensional work he ever produced. He was always intrigued by evidence of life beyond earth and the idea of a universal order and purpose. These may have been his subject on this occasion.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

T03124 TRIANGLE TO BEYOND 1936

Not inscribed
Oil on canvas, 29 15/16 × 19 15/16 × 1 (76 × 50.7 × 2.5)
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 (5, repr.)
Lit: Alan Bowness (ed.), Ivon Hitchens, 1973, p.30, repr.pl.4 in colour

According to Bowness (op.cit.), ‘Triangle to Beyond’ is ‘perhaps the closest Hitchens ever came to a completely non-representational painting, though here too one suspects some kind of cosmic, magic symbolism behind the forms.’ Mrs Hitchens does not know of any other three-dimensional work by him.

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