Leon Kossoff’s Curators and Collaborators Discuss the Late Artist’s Legacy
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Leon Kossoff’s Curators and Collaborators Discuss the Late Artist’s Legacy

Leon Kossoff, Shell Building Site, 1962, oil on board. ©THE LEON KOSSOFF ESTATE/COURTESY ANNELY JUDA FINE ART The beloved English painter Leon Kossoff died last Thursday , leaving behind a legacy of frenzied, impassioned, and abstract scenery that captured a particular moment in time in British history. His work was exhibited extensively not only in Britain but all around the world, and below, some of his friends and collaborators discuss his legacy. Colin Wiggins, former special projects curator at the National Gallery, London I was lucky enough to be the curator of Leon Kossoff’s 2007 exhibition at London’s National Gallery, Leon Kossoff: Drawing from Painting . I’d already got to know the artist fairly well during my time working at the Gallery, and I became his point of contact when he wanted to visit early in the morning, before the public were admitted, to draw from the paintings. Not many artists are granted this privilege, but for Leon, it was of extreme importance. He drew continuously from a small range of paintings. Veronese, Rubens, Poussin, and Rembrandt were among his favored artists, with a special devotion reserved for Constable. I remember once bumping into Leon in one of the […]

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