Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life

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'Ancoats Hospital Outpatients' Hall 1952'. The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester. © The estate of L.S. Lowry. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

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Presented by the Trustees of the Duveen Paintings Fund 1949. © The estate of L.S. Lowry. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

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© The Estate of LS Lowry. Image courtesy of National Museums Liverpool. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

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Tate © The Estate of L.S. Lowry. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

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'Piccadilly Circus, London', 1960. Private Collection © The Estate of LS Lowry. Image © Christie’s Images Limited/The Bridgeman Art Library. All rights reserved, DACS 2013 

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© The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. All rights reserved, DACS 2013 

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by Jorge Lewinski

Private Collection, © The Lewinski Archive at Chatsworth/The Bridgeman Art Library

Lowry's distant little figures and brutal cityscapes are unique in their portrayal of the mid-twentieth century British working class. This exhibition highlights the French influence at the root of his depictions of industrial Britain putting his work in the context of Impressionists such as Camille Pisarro and his teacher, the symbolist Adolphe Valette whilst also drawing attention to his singular position as a painter of British life.

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Curated London

Do you simply adore the gritty portrayal of down-trodden, working class Northerners? Brace yourself: your prayers have been answered in this epic retrospective of one of Britain’s best-known modern painters. However, if you’re at all unsure if you like this subject, think twice before visiting. Lowry’s beautiful composition, paired-back style and remarkable use of colour are evident throughout this substantial body of work. Unfortunately his extremely narrow range of subject matter (people going to work in the mill; people returning home from the mill; people engaging in mill-based activities) can be a bit relentless. Worth seeing, but make sure you’ve got something uplifting to do afterward. To see more from me, check out www.curatedlondon.co.uk | @CuratedLondon