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This exuberant painting was painted in the last decade of Hitchens' life, when his palette became increasingly vibrant. Bright passages of colour are vigorously applied in apparently spontaneous brushstrokes. However, Hitchens planned his compositions very deliberately, claiming that, "a receding movement demands a forward static movement, just as academically one would admit that a quantity of cool colour requires some warm colour to oppose it to preserve balance.
oil on canvas
H 59.8 x W 72.5 cm
bequeathed by Charles Kearley, through the National Art Collections Fund, 1989