All his life, Leon Kossoff has felt compelled to draw and paint his native London. In the nearest that he has ever come to giving an interview, the artist, self-effacing as ever, explains to Charlotte Higgins how he has spent decades trying to get it right

Leon Kossoff's love affair with London

All his life, Leon Kossoff has felt compelled to draw and paint his native…

Leon Kossoff    Drawing for 'Woman Ill in Bed Surrounded by Family (Rosalind)' 1965   t03279   London 1984 'Drawing for 'Woman Ill in Bed Surrounded by Family (Rosalind)'', Leon Kossoff - Tate collection [On paper, unique, 1960-9]

Leon Kossoff Drawing for 'Woman Ill in Bed Surrounded by Family (Rosalind)' 1965 London 1984 'Drawing for 'Woman Ill in Bed Surrounded by Family (Rosalind)'', Leon Kossoff - Tate collection [On paper, unique,

Leon Kossoff ‘Between Kilburn and Willesden Green, Winter Evening’

Leon Kossoff ‘Between Kilburn and Willesden Green, Winter Evening’

Leon Kossoff. <em>From Constable: Stoke-by-Nayland (plate 1). </em>Private collection © Leon Kossoff

Leon Kossoff: Drawing from Painting, Studio International

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