Leon KossoffBuilding Site, Oxford Street 1952

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Artist
Leon Kossoff (born 1926)
Title
Building Site, Oxford Street
Date 1952
MediumCrayon, charcoal and gouache on paper
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 1120 x 1335 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1996
Reference
T07199
Not on display

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Like his close friend Frank Auerbach Kossoff was fascinated by building sites during the 1950s. These abounded in London as its bomb-damaged fabric was rebuilt after the war. Perhaps they stood for the transient and ever-changing nature of the modern city. They were also places where the earth beneath the city was revealed.

This drawing, like Auerbach’s painting on the same theme, shows how they also offered a ready-made linear structure for the artist’s picture.

September 2004

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