Leon Kossoff
Children’s Swimming Pool, Autumn Afternoon 1971

Artwork details

Leon Kossoff born 1926
Children’s Swimming Pool, Autumn Afternoon
Date 1971
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 1680 x 2140 x 56 mm
frame: 1785 x 2240 x 97 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1981
Not on display

Display caption

Kossoff's principal subjects are his immediate family and friends and the parts of London which he knows best. In the 1960s he set up a studio in Willesden, north London and in 1967 a swimming pool opened close by. He began taking his son there to teach him to swim, and the pool and its space provided him with a new subject. He made four large paintings of the pool between 1969 and 1972 of which this is one. All are distinguished by a lightness of touch and a sense of movement, noise and space.

August 2004

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