Leon Kossoff
British, born 1926
2,761 followers
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2017
Bacon, Freud, and the London painters,
ARoS Aarhus Art Museum
2016
London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach, Kitaj,
J. Paul Getty Museum
2014
Leon Kossoff: London Landscapes,
L.A. Louver

Leon Kossoff is one of Britain’s greatest living artists, best known for his impastoed figurative and cityscape paintings and his heavy emphasis on drawing, both as a medium itself and as an intrinsic part of his painting process. Alongside his friend Frank Auerbach, Kossoff developed an extremely visceral, expressive mode of capturing post-war London, in both rough in-situ drawings and heavily reworked paintings. Kossoff’s more recent work is lighter in subject matter and palette, abandoning the dark urban grays and browns for a brighter range of colors. In 2002-08, he turned his attention to the cherry tree in his yard, painting it throughout the seasons with thick strokes of paint, resulting in a celebration of life.

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