Leon KossoffFrom Rembrandt: Ecce Homo 1990-9

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Leon Kossoff (born 1926)
From Rembrandt: Ecce Homo
Date 1990-9
MediumEtching and aquatint on paper
Dimensions500 x 430 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 2007
Not on display


This print

is one of many works executed by the London-based artist Leon Kossoff in response to Old Master paintings

. The paintings of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–69) have a long-standing appeal to Kossoff, whose output includes numerous drawings and prints derived from close study of Rembrandt’s work in the National Gallery. In this case, his inspiration is a monochrome painting on paper called Ecce Homo 1634; the work is a grisaille, undertaken by Rembrandt as a full-scale study for an etching. Kossoff’s composition follows the Dutch Master’s image quite closely, though it is inevitably reversed through the print-making process. The setting, apparently a crowded town square, with a distinctive clock face over an archway visible in the distance, is depicted in some detail. In the extreme foreground on the right (the left in Rembrandt’s original), the forlorn figure of Christ, surrounded by Roman soldiers, stands slightly above the bending figure of Pontius Pilate… (read more)

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