LS Lowry The Art & The Artis +
Lowry at home: Salford in 1966 (phitegraphs by Clive Arrowsmith)
Following my visit to IWM-N it was time to visit the postmodern mess called the Lowry, built shortly before, and I find it full of people and energy.... This art and leisure center is of course named after the Salford painter Laurence Stephen Lowry, probably best known for his mill scenes and industrial landscapes on white backgrounds. As this exhibition shows, Lowry's work covers a wide range of themes and subjects, from landscapes and seascapes to portraits and surreal imaginings. There are lots of great paintings and drawing to fall in love with all over again here.
LS Lowry (1887-1976) was deeply lonely and suffered the dominance of fragility by a mother who never saw him as anything but a failure, but whom he nonetheless loved deeply. He worked until retirement as a rent collector and never married. He received his first one-man exhibition in London in 1939 at the age of 52, the same year he lost his mother.
The exhibition is accompanied by one of the first commissions fashion- and portrait photographer Clive Arrowsmith received by Nova Magazine; photographing the recluse Lowry in his home in Salford in 1966. Not terribly interesting.
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