Helen Lessore
Symposium I 1974–77

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Helen Lessore 1907–1994
Symposium I
Date 1974–77
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1680 x 2137 mm
frame: 1700 x 2160 x 40 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1981
Not on display

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Helen Lessore studied at the Slade School under Henry Tonks. From 1951 she was director of the Beaux Arts Gallery in London, creating what has been described as 'one of the most individual and influential nurseries of talent in the country'. After the gallery closed in 1965 she was able again to concentrate on her own painting. 'Symposium I' depicts ten artists closely associated with the Beaux Arts, some of whom are represented in this room. Clockwise from top left they are Raymond Mason, John Lessore, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, Euan Uglow, Myles Murphy and Craigie Aitchison. Helen Lessore wrote: 'I have always been fascinated by groups of people...

September 2004

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