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There are two painters living in London, both old men, who I consider two of the greatest alive. Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff. They have a lot in common. Both studied under David Bomberg. They were in a circle that included Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, and R. B. Kitaj. They are (especially Auerbach) averse to leaving London, and they obsessively paint particular models and motifs. Below is a picture of Mornington Crescent by Auerbach and one of Christchurch Spitalfields by Kossoff.

They painted these motifs (each his own) over and over and over again. There is a portrait of E.O.W., an early painting, by Auerbach. He painted and drew her hundreds of times. And a portrait of Kossoff’s mother. I added charcoal drawings by each as a comment. Auerbach uses extremely tough arches paper. He works over things so heavily that he inevitably makes holes that have to be patched, which he does as if fixing a flat tyre (sic). Then he keeps going. His studio is a cave of oil paint grunge. Robert Hughes has written a fabulous monograph on him, in which he describes a routine scraping of the linoleum from the studio floor. Kossoff’s drawing is a little less heavy, but not much.

Note that the painters I name above are all London painters who came, or whose families came, from elsewhere in Europe. In a way, London became the Paris of the latter 20th century. It’s where you came to paint—or at least where great painters happened to be. Auerbach was sent to live in London during WWII by his parents who died in the Holocaust.

England has given us Turner and Constable. And these two (who I think far outshine Bacon and Freud). They are all tremendous heroes for carrying the grand tradition in art through the horrors of the post war period. They kept the candle burning.

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Kossoff Christchurch Spitalfields


Auerbach Mornington Crescent


Kossoff Portrait of Artist's Mother


Auerbach Portrait of E.O.W

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Kossoff's drawing of Christchurch Spitalfields


Auerbach's drawing of E.O.W

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This entire hour-long discussion is fabulous. But certainly treat yourself to the last five minutes starting at 49:20.

Here are those five minutes on their own. Really worth looking at the paintings and hearing a great living artist discuss them.

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Loved the Youtube of him talking, so glad he has his wife still, I really like the Spitalfields church, for personal reasons, such pure work, without the sexaul problems of Freud or Bacon, (the painters folks..). Auerbach's b&w of the head is fabulissimo…also his Mornington Cres painting, really good. What a feast.
it's great you can image them to such size, will think about putting up some more posts.
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