So we had started a little tribute to each of these painters when it somehow made sense to show them together. The connection is not easy to explain. Ivon is all about colour—-beautiful fruit-paint, good enough to eat. Pierre is in love with BLACK on white. Vigorous, confident, and also physically beautiful.
Still, it seemed that they should meet, so we introduce them to each other here. This is their conversation.
Ivon Hitchens: b. 3 March 1893 – d. 29 August 1979 England
Pierre Soulages: b. 24 December 1919
Ivon Hitchens Divided Oak Tree No. 2 1958
Pierre Soulages 19 Juin 1963
Ivon Hitchens poppies and buds
Soulages 26 Juin 1999
PS 17 November 2008
Ivon H, An early post-war work, Drive Gates 1946
M Soulages, incroyable, makes you shake and re-think what anything else means
Mr Hitchens, Red Centre
Nice, M Soulages, very nice.
There’s a book about Ivon
There’s a book about Pierre.
This is painting. These are painters. They would know what to say to each other. We think.