Laura Gascoigne

Two artists who broke the rules: Soutine | Kossoff, at Hastings Contemporary, reviewed

‘Le petit pâtissier’(c.1927), by Chaïm Soutine [Private Collection/ Christie’s Images/ Bridgeman Images]

Rules in art exist to be broken but it takes chutzpah, which could explain why so many rule-breakers in modern figurative art were Jewish. Given that they were breaking the law by making figurative art in the first place, they went for broke.

Where Soutine’s subjects look small and doll-like, Kossoff’s feel monumental regardless of scale

Born a generation apart, Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943) and Leon Kossoff (1926-2019) had much in common.

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