Ivon Hitchens Woodland, Vertical and Horizontal 1958

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Artist
Ivon Hitchens 1893–1979
Title
Woodland, Vertical and Horizontal
Date 1958
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 514 x 1168 mm
frame: 850 x 1455 x 85 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1959
Reference
T00261
Not on display

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Hitchens often painted several versions of the same view, creating series of works akin to musical variations on a theme. He often spoke of his work as ‘visual music’ (likening shape, colour and tone to ‘instruments in a painter’s orchestra’), which he composed using principles of rhythm, balance, opposition and symmetry. ‘My pictures are painted to be “listened” to,’ he wrote.According to Heron, Hitchens’s use of the horizontal, ‘panoramic’ canvas provided a sense of musical movement and flow and captured the active, ‘swivelling eye’ of the artist moving through the landscape.

May 2007

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