Leon Kossoff
Woman Ill in Bed, Surrounded by Family 1965

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Leon Kossoff born 1926
Woman Ill in Bed, Surrounded by Family
Date 1965
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 1854 x 1245 mm
frame: 1412 x 2025 x 65 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1981
Not on display

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'Woman Ill in Bed, Surrounded by Family' was painted at a time when there was illness in the artist's family. In common with all his work Kossoff worked on the painting in his studio, basing it on drawings made from life. However, it departs from Kossoff's usual practices in that the composition was based, not on preliminary sketches, but on an engraving of the Virgin in bed by Albrecht Durer. The sombre colours and great density of paint evoke vividly a sense of human suffering and the tragic nature of human existence, themes which are at the heart of Kossoff's work.

September 2004

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