20 x 40 in
Painted in the double square format that was to become a recognised trademark for the artist, the present work is a powerful interior view from Hitchens’ early career. There are several vertical divisions to the horizontal composition, giving us a multitude of different perspectives in an acutely modern manipulation of space. The verticals, however, seem to lean to one side, recalling the cubism that is evident in masterworks such as House and Farm at Jas de Bouffan, 1887, by Paul Cézanne. The surface of the work is vigorously brushed, delighting in pattern and colour, despite the rather gloomy looking day outside. ‘As always with Hitchens, there was both the demand of the visual experience – the scene in front of him – and the demand of the picture itself, in purely aesthetical terms’ (P. Khoroche, ibid, p. 67).
ProvenanceEstate of the Artist;
Jonathan Clark Fine Art;
Private Collection, UK