Leonard Cohen art is instantly recognisable. It’s beautifully chiselled. It raises philosophical questions. It’s witty, knowing – often evoking a wry smile. It’s autobiographical – Leonard Cohen’s favourite topic is, er, Leonard. And women he has known. And domestic, everyday scenes.
Just like Leonard Cohen’s music, then.
And, just like Leonard’s music, his body of artwork, though sparse, places him in the very top echelon of rock muso-painters. If you were to develop a first-class collection of visual art by rock musicians, you’d want to ensure it had a few pieces by Leonard Cohen.
After publishing A beginner’s guide to Leonard’s art here on ROCK ART EDITIONS, I was contacted by Simon de Markoff, a Cohen fan who has assembled a very fine collection of his artwork, principally signed, limited edition prints. He also has a portrait of Cohen by Morton Rosengarten, plus a couple of informal original drawings.
A selection is reproduced below. They don’t need any words of description. The only analysis required is to say that this is an outstanding collection of Leonard’s art. It includes most of the key pieces which have ever been put on sale, including my three personal favourites – Grecian woman, Paris again and The end of the day.
Paris again – Leonard Cohen art #1
The Hat – Leonard Cohen art #2
I sit with the old men – Leonard Cohen art #3
Happy at last – Leonard Cohen art #4
Grecian Woman – Leonard Cohen art #5
Portrait by Morton Rosengarten/I left a woman waiting – Leonard Cohen art #6
The end of the day – Leonard Cohen art #7
Sketches – Leonard Cohen art #8 and #9
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Copyright: text © ROCK ART EDITIONS 2016; all pictures © Leonard Cohen. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.