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Forest End, 1941

Ivon Hitchens
British, 1893 - 1979
oil on canvas
40.6 x 74.3 cm
Gift of the Massey Collection of English Painting, 1946
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4770)

Ivon Hitchens saw nature in painterly terms as a series of objects and spaces, which he translated into rapid and seemingly spontaneous brushstrokes. He describes the relationship between his painting and nature as "the art of converting the three-dimensional natural appearance of nature - plus its overtones, into an ordered and 'intentioned' sequence on a two-dimensional canvas - so that all is ordered to a certain end, yet the result still appears 'like nature'."

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