Post-war painter Leon Kossoff, who captured London life and landscapes, dies aged 92
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Post-war painter Leon Kossoff, who captured London life and landscapes, dies aged 92

British artist whose School of London classmates included Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach “saw beauty in everything and in everybody”, his gallery says The UK artist Leon Kossoff has died aged 92 after a brief illness. His gallery, London’s Annely Juda Fine Art, confirms the news. “He saw beauty in everything and in everybody,” the gallery says in a statement. One of the most important 20th-century British artists, he was part of the School of London along with other figurative painters including Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach. Known for his cityscapes of London, Kossoff was born in the city in 1926 to Russian immigrant parents, the second of seven children, and grew up in the East End. “My father struggled to support us working as a baker, there wasn’t much culture in that world and artists were considered wastrels,” he told Kristine McKenna in a 1993 interview for the Los Angeles Times . One major formative moment was a visit aged nine to the National Gallery in London, where he saw Rembrandt’s painting A Woman Bathing in a Stream (around 1654). “I don’t know what struck me about it because none of the other paintings in the National Gallery […]

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