About this artwork

Portraits of family and friends make up a large part of Leon Kossoff's artistic output. The artist painted numerous portraits of his parents, individually and together, as well as his brother. This portrait is a meditation on its subject, carefully but expressively worked in the thickly applied paint which is a common feature of the artist's work. Kossoff's father looks composed but self-aware - fully conscious that his portrait is being painted. His rounded figure fills the frame of the painting and is depicted in muted colours, drawing attention to the handling of the paint.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Portrait of Father
  • date created:
    1978
  • materials:
    Oil on board
  • measurements:
    123.00 x 97.50 cm (framed: 135.50 x 110.00 x 10.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1979
  • accession number:
    GMA 2105
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • glossary:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Leon Kossoff

Leon Kossoff