Leon Kossoff

1926 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Leon Kossoff is seen as an established artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Leon Kossoff was born in 1926. Born in the same country and around the same year are Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Caulfield, Norman Ackroyd, Gillian Ayres and David Hockney.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Leon Kossoff is represented and exhibited by several galleries around the world, in countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States. Some of those galleries are Annely Juda Fine Art in the United Kingdom, as well as L.A. Louver and Timothy Taylor | New York in the United States. Leon Kossoff's work has most recently been exhibited at Annely Juda Fine Art in London (14 July 2019 until 29 August 2019) with the exhibition Summer Exhibition. Leon Kossoff's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Stains on a Decade (05 June 2019 - 02 August 2019) at Josh Lilley in the United Kingdom and Everyday London (28 March 2019 - 23 May 2019) at Timothy Taylor | New York in the United States.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the consequent ascent of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the apparent cultural supremacy of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a somewhat significant extent eclipsed by their respective impact on the art of the modern world. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and crucial agent in the development of the avant-garde, through radical and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become fundamental to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led organisation of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a significant movement, fundamentally characteristic of British modernism, it involved artists known for their association to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically acclaimed British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Leon Kossoff

Born in 1926, Leon Kossoff was largely inspired by the 1930s. Throughout the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and epitomised the political atmosphere of the period. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government was in dire need of urgent funds to implement the industrialisation of the Five Year Plan. In a secret bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which included some two hundred and fifty paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which had been deemed irreplaceable. Many of the pieces came to be owned by Andrew Mellon, via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Leon Kossoff

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