Leon Kossoff - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The Collection of the Artist
    Anthony d'Offay, London
    Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in November 1990

  • Exhibited

    New York, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, The British Imagination: Twentieth-Century Paintings, Sculpture, and Drawings, 10 November 1990 – 12 January 1991, no. 54, pp. 110-111 (illustrated, p. 111)
    Glasgow, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow’s Great British Art Exhibition, 27 March – 9 May 1990, p. 90
    Jerusalem, The Israel Museum, British Figurative Painting of the 20th Century, November 1992 - February 1993, p. 79 (illustrated, p. 79)
    Paris, Fondation Dina Vierny-Musée Maillol, L'École de Londres de Bacon à Bevan, 10 October 1998 - 20 January 1999, pp. 102-103 (illustrated, p. 103)

  • Literature

    This work will be included in the forthcoming publication of the catalogue raisonné of the oil paintings of Leon Kossoff.

  • Catalogue Essay

    'In contrast to the congested energy of the early portraits, these images possess a startling clarity, especially the paintings of Chaim. After his father's death, Kossoff began drawing his brother in 1983. Unusually, he found a rapid, almost immediate, sympathy with the subject. The resulting figure studies are among his most successful, combining an honest warmth of feeling with excitement in the act of creation'. Paul Moorhouse, Leon Kossoff, exh. cat., Tate, London, 1996, p. 33.

Property from a Distinguished Private British Collection


Head of Chaim

oil on board
54.5 x 50.2 cm (21 1/2 x 19 3/4 in.)
Painted in 1989.

£70,000 - 100,000 

Sold for £100,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 8 March 2019