Leon Kossoff Two Seated Figures No. 2 1980

Artwork details

Artist
Leon Kossoff born 1926
Title
Two Seated Figures No. 2
Date 1980
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 2438 x 1828 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Reference
T03680
Not on display

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This painting is a unique departure from Kossoff's usual methods. Normally he works on paintings for months and even years, continually scraping back and repainting the image. Instead, Kossoff completed this work 'in two or three hours. There are no other attempts on this board'. He sees it as 'a direct urgent extension' of two drawings made earlier the same day. The thread-like traces of paint resulted from the brush dripping onto the painting's surface while it was in a horizontal position. Its subject is Kossoff's parents - Jewish immigrants from Russia - who arrived in England as children early this century. Kossoff has painted his parents 'all my painting life'.

September 2004

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