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Hitchens’s art typifies the fusion of modern painting principles and earlier British art. The sculptural blocks of colour indicate his interest in the work of Paul Cézanne and the shallow space shows his debt to Georges Braque. The long, horizontal format and muted palette, however, link his work to the English landscape tradition of Gainsborough, Constable and Turner. This was painted in Sussex, which Hitchens would later make his home.

July 2007