Leon Kossoff

Study for ‘Between Kilburn and Willesden Green, Winter Evening’

About this artwork

This charcoal sketch is a study for a painting in the collection of the Gallery of Modern Art. It is typical of Kossoff's large-scale studies, executed at the scene with speed and vigour using charcoal, and later used in the studio as the basis for a richly worked oil painting. Kossoff's use of smudging on the trains vividly suggests their speed as they race past the artist while he sketches. Drawing is an essential part of Kossoff's artistic practice, both as an activity in its own right and as a prerequisite for painting, as is the case with this sketch.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Study for ‘Between Kilburn and Willesden Green, Winter Evening’
  • date created:
    1992
  • materials:
    Charcoal on paper
  • measurements:
    51.80 x 78.00 cm (framed: 75.00 x 103.00 x 5.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by the artist 1995
  • accession number:
    GMA 3844
  • gallery:
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Leon Kossoff

Leon Kossoff