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Where is Kossoff?

Leon Kossoff's absence from Tate Modern is further evidence that curators have given up trying to help us appreciate the language of painting, says Susannah Fiennes

leon kossoff’s recent paintings shimmer on the walls at the exhibition at Annely Juda Fine Art in London (until 5th August). Basking in the ravishing natural light at the gallery (a rare treat at a gallery, and notable by its absence in the gloomy rooms of Tate Modern), they seem to possess the quality of an organic fresco, with edges made uncertain by the overspill of thick, succulent paint.

Leon Kossoff is that rare bird: a contemporary painter whose work follows a tradition-one which has been handed down through 20th century painters such as Matisse and Soutine, from earlier exponents…

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