Ivon Hitchens CBE
(British, 1893 – 1979)
Study for the painting ‘Eerda, 1960’
Felt pen on paper
Signed and dated ‘I Hitchens 60.’ (lower left)
7.1/4 x 12.¼ in. (18.2 x 31 cm.) to slip edge
Provenance: With Basil Jacobs Fine art, London
This is a very strong and confident work by the talented English painter Ivon Hitchens CBE. Bearing in mind this is executed with only a marker pen it illustrates Hitchens masterly skill as a draftsman. The figure has been replicated to convey a feeling of an artwork in development which has resulted in an interesting composition in its own right.
Ivon Hitchens was an English painter who studied at the Royal Academy in London from 1912 – 1916 and then after the war from 1918 to 1919. In 1919 he became part of a circle of Avant Garde British artists including Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Paul Nash and Ben Nicholson.
After his house was bombed in the blitz he moved to a caravan on a patch of woodland in Petworth in West Sussex where he worked for the next 40 years, augmenting the plot with a series of buildings
Hitchens exhibited extensively at the Leicester Galleries from 1940 -1960 when he moved to the Waddington Gallery. In 1951 he won a purchase prize at the Festival of Britain, he installed major murals at Cecil Sharp House and at the University of Sussex.
In 1956 the British council arranged a retrospective exhibition of his work for the Venice Biennale. In 1957 Hitchens was made a CBE. The art council at the Tate Gallery arranged a major retrospective in 1963 and in 1971 a third retrospective exhibition was held at the RA.