Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life
The first major exhibition, since his death, of over 90 works of LS Lowry (1887 – 1976) has opened at Tate Britain, running until October 20, 2013.
Although known for his stick figures he devoted his life to painting the England of the Industrial Revolution, and was a principal painter of the working class.
Lowry was a northerner, studying art at Manchester and Salford. Coming from a lower middle class home, he made his living as a rent collector. His background was very much in keeping with the environment that he painted.
Among the paintings on display are also works by French and British artists including Vincent Van Gogh’s Outskirts of Paris and Camille Pissarro’s Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace, London. These paintings are also associated with the ‘nitty gritty’ of modern day life that Lowry understood so well.
The last room includes seven of his largest paintings which portray his vision of what had been happening to the British economy since 1918. Their logic implies the collapse, yet to come, of the industrial world.
In 1975, just prior to his death, the Universities of both Salford and Liverpool honoured him with a Doctorate of Letters.
A display of fourteen lithographs at the entrance to the exhibition is a sampling of Tate’s ‘school prints’ scheme in which Lowry was involved.
While visiting Tate Britain leave time to view the paintings of a totally different style of art by Patrick Caulfield (1936 – 2005). His works also engage with the contemporary social landscape and representation of modern life.
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