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Kossoff has made drawings and paintings of members of his family and close friends since the beginning of his career in the early 1950s. These images are made direct from life. Through drawing Kossoff seeks a deeper understanding of his subject. For him, drawing is an essential preliminary stage, often lasting many months or longer, to making paintings; the paintings themselves are usually completed in a single session. This painting shows Kossoff's friend Anne.
It is one of a series of portraits of his
wife, his brother and other friends
made in the late - 1980s to mid - 1990s.

September 2004