Leon Kossoff Children’s Swimming Pool, Autumn Afternoon 1971

Artwork details

Artist
Leon Kossoff born 1926
Title
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
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1981
Reference
T03246
On loan to LWL-Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Westfälisches (Munster, Germany)

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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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