John Lessore

Sunday

1985–9

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1530 x 2449 mm
frame: 1605 x 2522 x 57 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by the Gytha Trust 1990
Reference
T05766

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John Lessore comes from a family of artists: his uncle was Walter Sickert, and his mother Helen Lessore was both a painter and director of the Beaux Arts Gallery in London. His paintings take a long time to complete and are composed from a mixture of drawings from life, memory and the imagination. The subjects are always part of his everyday domestic life and often show the members of his family, such as his wife Paule and his children. This painting depicts the family's Sunday lunch, which is presented in both a casual and also a sacramental manner.

Gallery label, September 2004

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