Leon Kossoff: Catalogue Raisonne of the Oil Paintings
Artist(s): Leon Kossoff
Author(s): Andrea Rose and Andrew Dempsey,
Year published: 30 September 2021
Publisher: Modern Art Press
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 640
Illustrations: 566 colour illustrations, 69 black and white
Leon Kossoff: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings is the only comprehensive book on the oeuvre of one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century.
Having curated exhibitions and written about Kossoff’s work from the 1980s onwards, Andrea Rose, the author, and Andrew Dempsey, who led the research, both knew the artist and his work for many years before embarking on the project in 2013. They were given unprecedented access to him, his archives and his studio, and since his death have had the full support of his family and also his dealers.
The catalogue raisonné brings together the whole of Kossoff’s oil paintings for the first time, reproducing almost all of them in high-quality colour images on a grand scale. Accompanying commentary brings new insight into the works, as well as quoting significant published criticism. Beyond these entries, the book comprises an introduction by Andrea Rose, an essay on Kossoff’s relationship with the Old Masters by Dr Barnaby Wright, an extensive chronology, and a further short essay by Rose on Kossoff’s materials, technique and studio practice. The backmatter includes a list of all works in public collections, a comprehensive list of solo and group exhibitions, an extensive selected bibliography, an appendix of destroyed works, an index of titles and a general index. This wealth of factual detail is elegantly presented within a design that, as was Kossoff’s modest wish, has the paintings themselves at its heart.
The catalogue raisonné was launched on 30 September 2021 with Leon Kossoff: A Life in Painting, a retrospective exhibition at Annely Juda Fine Art, London which Andrea Rose curated, and toured to L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA, and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.