Kitaj: Portraits and Reflections

RB Kitaj, Self-Portrait (after Masaccio), 2005, oil on canvas, 61 x 61 cm, Priva
RB Kitaj, Self-Portrait (after Masaccio), 2005, oil on canvas, 61 x 61 cm, Private collection

Dr Janet McKenzie reviews the recent exhibition RB Kitaj: Portraits and Reflections at Abbot Hall Art Gallery.

McKenzie writes: "Kitaj was one of the most formidable and articulate artists to develop a personal iconography drawing inspiration from a range of sources. The human figure is central to his work, and in this he was against the ascendant position of abstract art."