Contents: Preface; Note to New Edition; 1893-1919: Parents - Childhood - Schooldays - Travel - Royal Academy Schools; 1919-25: Hampstead studio - Church decorations - Downland - Theories of Dow & Bell - Seven and Five Society - Chantemesle - Ben & Winifred Nicholson; 1925-33: First one-man exhibition - Sussex & Shropshire - Moatlands - London Artists' Association; 1933-40: Hampstead in the 1930s - 'Objective Abstractions': the end of the 7&5 - Marriage - Suffolk; 1940s: Greenleaves - Painting theory - 'Painting is painting' - First retrospective - Isolation in the country - Howard Bliss - The Sheffield Incident; 1950s: Nudes - Large-scale works - Development in landscapes; 1960-65: Motifs - A painting day - Paint, brushes, canvas, palette - Uncertain health & weather - Recognition - Second Retrospective; 1965-79: Seachange - Greenleaves - Music & Painting - Consummation; Notes; Appendix; Chronology; Exhibitions; Public collections; Select bibliography; Index.
Peter Khoroche wrote the catalogue for an exhibition of Hitchens' paintings (Serpentine Gallery, London and tour 1989/90) and for an exhibition of Ben Nicholson's drawings and painted reliefs (Kettle's Yard, Cambridge and tour 2002/3). He is also the author of Ben Nicholson: Drawings and Painted Reliefs (Lund Humphries, 2002).
English painter Hitchens (1893-1979) translated his intense communion with nature into a ``visual music'' employing rhythm, counterpoint and echo as unifying devices. In landscapes, room interiors and still lifes he melded the discoveries of Braque and Cezanne into his own pictorial language. His sensuous, Matisse-like nudes and figure studies balance abstraction and realism. His murals--carefully orchestrated symphonies of color--create kaleidoscopic patterns of endless movement. In this extensively illustrated monograph, Khoroche, author of a catalogue of Hitchens's work, argues that the easy flow of paint and romantic emotionality belie ``a painter of remarkable intellectual discipline.'' This is the first full-length study of an artist who resolutely went his own way, defying the trends. (July)
'it remains the most comprehensive account of his life and work and draws on much of the artist's own writings and unpublished correspondence.' ARLIS