Leon Kossoff: A London Life
Artist(s): Leon Kossoff
Author(s): Andrew Dempsey, Lulu Norman and Jackie Wullschlager
Publisher: Piano Nobile Publications
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 144
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour throughout
Published to accompany the exhibition, Leon Kossoff: A London Life at Piano Nobile, this fully illustrated catalogue examines the paintings and drawings of one of Britain’s most acclaimed living artists. With a catalogue raisonné of Kossoff’s paintings in preparation, this is an apt moment to consider his oeuvre. The publication brings together masterworks from each period of the artist’s career, demonstrating the unwavering rigour, the nuance and the psychological intensity of his output.
The exhibition explores the artist’s working practice and his creative environment. The city of his birth, London has played a central role in his career and many cityscapes will be on display – from Willesden Junction to Christ Church, Spitalfields. His friends and family have also contributed to his vision and the exhibition will reflect on the relationship between the artist and his models. Together, these landscape and figure paintings will present an irrefutable argument for Leon Kossoff’s place in the canon of modern master painters.