is one of many works executed by the London-based artist Leon Kossoff in response to Old Master paintings
. In this case, Kossoff’s inspiration is Stoke-by-Nayland, 1836, by John Constable (1776–1837), held by The Art Institute of Chicago. P20308 is in drypoint on cream wove paper.
Kossoff made a close study of Constable’s original when it was exhibited at Tate in 1991 (Wiggins, p.56). His practice has been to etch the works in front of the painting in question and a quality of spontaneity is characteristic of the finished prints. Tate’s collection includes three prints related to Stoke-by-Nayland: P20308–9 and P20317. Each of Kossoff’s interpretations is distinct. Writing in 2007, curator Colin Wiggins explained: ‘For Kossoff, the printmaking process is entirely experimental ... there is no definitive or final image. Each pull from the plate functions as an independent expression.’ (Wiggins, p. 56.) Kossoff collaborated with the artist Ann Dowker on the production of these prints…