Leon Kossoff | Drawing from the Masters
Piano Nobile has produced Leon Kossoff: Drawing from the Masters to accompany an online exhibition hosted by Frieze New York. The publication can be downloaded by clicking on the link included below. As well as images and cataloguing of the available works, the catalogue includes an essay giving an historical overview of Kossoff's engagement with museum art.
Leon Kossoff (1926-2019) was one of Britain’s most successful figure painters of the twentieth century. He spent over six decades working in his native city of London, painting urban landscapes and the sitters who visited his studio, often using friends and family as models. This publication features a rare group of drawings, translated from paintings by other artists including Cézanne, Poussin and Titian.
Kossoff had a lifelong admiration for the art of the past. Ever since his first visit to the National Gallery as a nine-year-old boy, he was captivated by Rembrandt and an interest in several other artists followed. The drawings and two oil paintings on view here were made between the 1970s and the 1990s. They belong to a group of work which won Kossoff international recognition, leading in 2000 to the unprecedented feat of three solo exhibitions held simultaneously at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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