L.S. Lowry

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Signed, limited edition, prints and original paintings, drawings for sale.




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Conversation Piece
Conversation Piece
signed and dated 'L.S. Lowry 1963' (lower right)
ball-point pen on paper laid card
13.7 x 18.2 cm. (5 3/8 x 7 1/8 in.)
PROVENANCE:
Gifted by the artist to Frank Mullineux in the 1960s or early 1970s
Thence by family descent to the present owner
Accompanied by a copy of The Paintings and of L.S. Lowry; Oils and Watercolours by Mervyn Levy, signed 'L.S. Lowry' (on the title page)
and annotated throughout.
Frank Mullineux, a writer on local history and long standing friend of Lowry throughout his later years, took to the habit of hosting the artist each New Year's Day
at his Worsley home for a number of years.
On one occasion the pair where passing Eccles town hall, Lowry desired to make a number of quick sketches but found himself without the necessary
paper or pencils.
Mullineux kindly made a quick trip to W.H. Smith and bought for him the materials, the present lot was given to him in gratitude.
(Shelley Rohde, L.S. Lowry, a Biography, The Lowry Press, 1999, p.329)

Lowry's paintings in general have seen an enormous increase in price over the last 10 years..
(recent sales have achieved 20 x the record for a modern British artist).. Due to the fact that relatively little of his work has been published , the signed, limited edition prints have become sought after investments,
and have seen increases far beyond any typical financial/banking investment.
A lonely and quite solitary character, Lowry views the world with sad and critical eyes.
'Piccadilly Circus' is a major piece of work by the artist, and typically illustrates all that he has become renowned for; masses of people endlessly going about there daily lives. He manages to capture the 'feel' of the era, a record of past times'.

Lowry liked to think of himself as an uncomplicated man with simple tastes, during his life, he managed to create a unique style of art that has become instantly recognisable worldwide, the painting of 'Piccadilly Circus' perfectly illustrates this.
Six years ago 'Going to the Match' was sold to the PFA for £1.9 million... the price guide was £500,000 (now estimated at £6-10 million)
'Daisy Nook Fair' achieved £3.8 million in 2007, another record
'The Football Match' sold a few months ago for £5,641,250
'A River Bank' was bought by Bury Council for £150 in 1951. Controversially sold by the borough in 2006 for £1.25 million
In 1945 by Henry Morris, the Cambridge county council's chief education officer, for 30 guineas. Sold in 2009 for £541,250 (price guide was £300-500 thousand)
The Royal Scottish Academy, recently sold an LS Lowry painting, 'The Hawker's Cart' as part of an overhaul of its art collection to set up a fund to buy Scottish artists works. 'The Hawker's Cart' was bought for £38 in 1934 when Lowry exhibited it at an RSA exhibition in Edinburgh. It was estimated to fetch between £300,000 and £500,00. It achieved £689,000.
The life and times of Artist L.S.Lowry.
Laurence Stephen Lowry did not like to think of himself as an amateur artist. People would occassionally accuse him of being self-taught and untutored. he commented, "Started at fifteen years old. Don't know why?" My aunt said "You are no good for anything else, so you might as well go to Art School." LSLowry began evening classes in fine art and free-hand art drawing during 1905. Later studying in both the Manchester Academy of Fine Art and The Salford Royal Technical College at Peel Park. School records show that Lowry attended art classes during the 1920's. Lowry had learnt from teachers, people such as the Frenchman Adolphe Valette. This French Impressionist artist had made a big impact on the art world. He saw from exhibitions in Manchester how the current trends in modern art were changing, and had great affection for Pre-Raphaelite art, by artists such as Rossetti and Ford Madox Brown. A naive Sunday artist LS Lowry certainly was not. Lowry strove for a distinctive way of painting and drawing, and for a subject matter Lowry could make unique.
Lowry eventually chose the view from the Technical College window. Industrial scenes of Salford and Manchester, rather than that of a model posing.

Throughout the early years L.S.Lowry lived in Victoria Park, the suburbs of Manchester. Due to lack of money the family moved to Station Road, Pendlebury.
There, the tree lined streets changed to factory chimneys. Lowry recalled "At first I detested it, and then, after years, became pretty interested in it, eventually obsessed by it". he saw the subjects for his paintings all around him. In Lowry's later life, L.S.L. recalled a particular event. "One day after missing a train from Pendlebury (a local town) I had ignored for seven years, and on leaving the station, saw the Acme Spinning Company's mill.
The huge black framework of rows of yellow lit windows standing up against the sad, damp charged afternoon sky. The mill was turning out. "Gazing at this scene, which I'd looked at many times without seeing, with rapture."

A writer in The Guardian newspaper, Bernard Taylor, recognised the unique quality of Lowry paintings, when he reviewed an early exhibition. "Mr Laurence S Lowry has a very interesting and individual outlook. Lowry subjects are Manchester and Lancashire street scenes, interpreted with technical means as yet imperfect, but with real imagination. We hear a great deal nowadays about recovering the simplicity of vision of primitives in art. These pictures are authentically primitive, the real thing not an artificially cultivated likeness to it. The problems of representation are solved not by reference to established conventions, but by sheer determination to express what the artist has felt. Whether the result is according to rule or not..."

Lowry worked as rent collector for the Pall Mall Property Company, prefering to keep the work secret. Lowry did not want people to think of him as a part-time artist. The job led to Lowry walking all over the city providing L.S.Lowry with many sights and experiences. Children playing in the streets, people returning from work, going off to work, gossip on the front steps, incidents, market places and Whit - processions. But all this changed, the blitz and rebuilding, slum clearances and new housing, changed the face of the city Lowry had observed so well. "I saw the industrial scene and was affected by it. Trying to draw it all the time and trying to express the industrial scene as well as possible. It wasn't easy, well, a camera could have done the scene straight off".

Lowry felt that drawings were as hard to do as paintings. Working the surface of the drawings by smudging, erasing and rubbing the pencil lines on the paper to build the atmosphere of the drawing. This artist would often make quick sketches on the spot on whatever paper he had in his pockets. L.S.Lowry carefully composed his pictures in a painting room at home and took great care over placing each figure. Late in life he would sit before a canvas or board on his easel and not know what was going to be in the painting until he started working. He called them "dreamscapes". Bernard Taylor made the suggestion that helped Lowry achieve the stark figures and the pallor of the industrial sky that he desired. Taylor suggested Lowry painted on a pure white background. He experimented with layers of white paint on boards, leaving them for a time until the surface became creamy.

LS Lowry used a very basic range of colours, which he mixed on his palette and painted on the white background. "I am a simple man, and use simple materials: ivory, black, vermilion (red), Prussian blue, yellow ochre, flake white and no medium (e.g. linseed oil). That's all I've ever used in my paintings. I like oils... I like a medium you can work into over a period of time". Looking closely at the surface of a Lowry painting shows us the variety of ways he worked the paint with brushes (using both ends), with his fingers and with sticks or a nail. Some paintings are painted over the suface of other images. The 1938 painting Head of a Man (Man with Red Eyes) when x-rayed showed a female portrait and possibly a self-portrait underneath. Someone once asked,"What do you do with your old suits?" "Wear them", came the reply! Lowry certainly wore them for work, wiping the brushes on his lapels and sleeves.

In 1932 the father of Lowry died . For the next seven years, his 73 year old mother became 'bed fast' and completely ruled the life of Lowry. After she died in 1939, Lowry painted "The Bedroom Pendlebury" - in memory of those long hours he spent there. Demanding a great deal of his attention, Lowry would usually only manage to arrive at his studio after dark. "My mother did not understand my art, but she understood me and that was enough" Lowry said.

These were years of isolation and growing despair, reflected in the paintings of Lowry. They depict derelict buildings and wastelands as mirrors of himself. As an official war artist - himself emotionally blitzed - Lowry drew the ruined shells of bombed-out buildings. In 1939, the year Mrs Lowry died - the person he most wanted to please - success came with the first London exhibition. "When the mother of Lowry died, all interest was lost, continuing to paint was the greatest salvation".

Just when this northern artist began to have success, Lowry was moving away from the subjects that everybody wanted him to produce. "If it were not for lonleness, none of my works would have happened". Some of the most powerful paintings by Lowry are deserted landscapes and seascapes. Some of the most difficult pictures to enjoy are of solitary figures and downs and outs. "These people affect me in a way that the industrial scene never did. They are real people, sad people. Sadness attracts me, and there are some very sad things. similar feelings in myself".

Everything came too late for Lowry, but the later years saw the British artist become a popular celebrity. Lowry also became preoccupied about whether his art would last. "Will I live", he asked over and over again, like the art of the Pre-Raphaelites Lowry collected and loved, "I painted from childhood to childhood". Lowry became an old man - often protesting to interviewers that he had "given up, packed it in".

LSLowry died aged 88 in 1976 just months before a retrospective exhibition of his paintings opened at the Royal Academy. It broke all attendance records for a twentieth century artist. Critical opinion about Lowry remains divided to this day. Salford Museum & Art Gallery began collecting the artist's work in 1936 and gradually built up the collection which is now at the heart of the award-winning building bearing the artist's name. Celebrating his art and transforming the cityscape again. A small quantity of paintings by the artist l.s. lowry were published as signed limited edition prints. Some of the most well known being, 'Going to the match', Man lying on a wall, Huddersfield, Deal, ferry boats, three cats Alstow, Berwick-on-Tweed, peel park, The two brothers, View of a town, Street scene.

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