The painter and draughtsman Kossoff was born in London and studied at St Martin's School of Art and the Royal College of Art. In 1950–1952 he attended evening classes at the Borough Polytechnic under David Bomberg, whose expressionist style was a considerable influence. His subjects range from figures and portraits to landscapes and London cityscapes. He exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1995 and had a major retrospective at the Tate Gallery the following year. The thick impasto of this self-portrait is typical of Kossoff's painting technique.
Where to see this painting?
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London, England, WC2H 0HE
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