L.S. Lowry

Laurence Stephen Lowry, or L.S. Lowry for short, was born in Manchester in 1887. He started drawing at the age of eight and spent 20 years of his life learning art in part-time education. At age 16, Lowry left school and secured a job in a chartered accountant’s firm. In his desire to be a serious artist, Lowry kept his professional and artistic life completely separate. It was not disclosed until after his death that he had worked for most of his life, as well as being an artist. His early training was at the Municipal College of Art in Manchester, where his teacher was French artist Adolphe Valette. Valette introduced him to Impressionism, but Lowry went on to develop his own unique style.

In 1909, Lowry and his family moved to Pendlebury. They did not have much money and could afford only to live on Station Rd, a place surrounded by factories and industrial sites. At first, he hated the atmosphere, but as seen in his pieces, he became fascinated with them. Lowry explored the industrial areas of South Lancashire and he became inspired by his surroundings. This was a turning point in his career, and by 1920, he had refined his own artistic style. From then on he painted from experience and painted the place he knew and lived in.
In 1976, at the age of 88, L.S. Lowry died of pneumonia. Although he had received critical acclaim for his work, he remained disillusioned with the art world. Even though he felt he had not received the recognition he deserved, he refused a knighthood and several other honours.
As one of the foremost British artists of the 20th Century, it is of no surprise that the painting ‘Going to the Match’ sold for a record £1.9 million. Further to this, when The Tate Gallery held a major exhibition of paintings and drawings by Lowry in 2013 it attracted record attendances.

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