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Leon Kossoff

(1926-), Painter and draughtsman

Sitter in 6 portraits
Artist of 1 portrait
Born in London, Kossoff studied at St Martin's School of Art, the Royal College of Art and the Borough Polytechnic under David Bomberg, whose expressionist style was a lasting influence. Kossoff's subjects are portraits, London cityscapes and interiors and his paint is applied in a thick, impasto style. He exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1995 and had a major retrospective at the Tate Gallery the following year.

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Leon Kossoff, by Frank Auerbach - NPG 6553

Leon Kossoff

by Frank Auerbach
etching, 1980
NPG 6553

Leon Kossoff, by Leon Kossoff - NPG 5772

Leon Kossoff

by Leon Kossoff
oil on board, 1981
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5772

Leon Kossoff, by Bob Collins - NPG x34129

Leon Kossoff

by Bob Collins
bromide fibre print, 1972
NPG x34129

Leon Kossoff, by Bob Collins - NPG x34130

Leon Kossoff

by Bob Collins
bromide fibre print, 1972
NPG x34130

Leon Kossoff, by Toby Glanville - NPG x132239

Leon Kossoff

by Toby Glanville
bromide fibre print, May 1996
NPG x132239

'The British Council 70 Years at the Venice Biennale', by Julian Germain - NPG x132893

'The British Council 70 Years at the Venice Biennale'

by Julian Germain
archival inkjet print, 21 October 2009
NPG x132893


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