LS Lowry: The Art

Industrial

Artist:
LS Lowry (1887-1976)
Date:
1917
Dimensions:
43.7 x 56.1cm

1917

Coming from the Mill

This is one of Lowry's earliest composite industrial scenes, drawn before he decided to use a white background in his oil paintings. It formed the basis for his later painting Coming from the Mill 1930 where the white ground is used.

Artist:
(1887-1976)
Date:
1924
Dimensions:
35.5 x 52.3cm

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1924

The River Irwell at the Adelphi

The River Irwell runs through Salford, with a particularly large bend at the Adelphi, near Peel Park. Lowry sketched regularly in this area and the river appears in many of his works. The Irwell was often flooded, as Lowry shows in this drawing. In the far distance, beyond the mills and factories which line the riverside, is Kersal Ridge and the spire of St Paul’s Church.
Artist:
(1887-1976)
Date:
1930
Dimensions:
42 x 52cm

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1930

Coming from the Mill

In a letter to Salford Museum and Art Gallery Lowry wrote, 'It gives me great pleasure that Salford have bought this picture for I have always thought it was my most characteristic mill scene.' The painting is based on an earlier pastel drawing Lowry made around 1917, which was one of his first composite industrial scenes.
Artist:
(1887-1976)
Date:
1937
Dimensions:
43.4 x 53.5cm

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1937

The Lake

The Lake was painted when Lowry was under great stress in his private life, struggling to care for his ill mother. It depicts a bleak outlook; the fence in the foreground is surrounded by what appear to be tombstones; the crucifix-like telegraph poles point into a stagnant area of devastation. To the left, a line of men may be queueing for a chance of work. In the background however, the red mill draws the eye to a finely painted skyline. Mills, mines and smoking chimneys are intertwined with churches and town halls.
Artist:
(1887-1976)
Date:
1946
Dimensions:
46.1 x 56.1cm

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1946

Level Crossing

Lowry made several paintings and drawings of this subject after visiting Burton-on-Trent and its level crossing. This work, however, may be based on locations in Trafford where a network of railway lines existed to move goods around. Lowry also claimed that the locomotive was drawn from model trains belonging to the son of one of his friends.
Artist:
(1887-1976)
Date:
1959
Dimensions:
27 x 38.5cm

1959

Going to Work

'To say the truth, I was not thinking very much about the people. I did not care for them the way a reformer does. They were part of a private beauty that haunted me. I loved them and the houses in the same way, as part of a vision. Had I drawn them as they are, it would not have looked like a vision.' - LS Lowry
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