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  • Leon Kossoff, King’s Cross, March Afternoon, 1998, oil on board, 58 1⁄8 × 78".

    Leon Kossoff, King’s Cross, March Afternoon, 1998, oil on board, 58 1⁄8 × 78".

    Leon Kossoff

    Annely Juda Fine Art

    A key figure of the London School, Leon Kossoff (1926–2019) captures the life force of the British capital—his birthplace and lifelong muse—in all its dolorous splendor. Never has a palette perhaps best described as “shades of gloom” (the dried-blood reds and rusts of postwar Victorian tenements, the gray-brown murk of the Thames) seemed so vigorous.

    Surveying six decades of production and organized together with Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York and L.A. Louver in Los Angeles, “A Life in Painting” opens with a series of Kossoff’s portraits. The pigment is built up in dense, sludgy layers, daubed

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