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Lowry Favourites Exhibition at the Lowry Centre

Listed under Painting Collections in Manchester, United Kingdom.

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If you take the new Metro-line tram from central Manchester out to the Salford Quays, you’ll find a regenerated waterway with smart apartment and office blocks standing where once there were factories and back-to-back housing. This was where the artist LS Lowry grew up and where we visited the latest exhibition of ‘Lowry Favourites’ , a collection of 400 Lowry pictures and drawings, at the The Lowry Arts Centre, named after Salford’s favourite son.

Lawrence Lowry set himself apart by painting not pretty pictures but the industrial landscape that he found around him in Salford. He moved to the area as a young man after the unexpected death of his father, and the financial hardship that followed. At first he hated the area, but gradually it grew on him and he earned his living there as a clerk and rent collector, an occupation that enabled him to connect with the industrial landscape and the people who lived there.

Knowing little about LS Lowry other than his well known scenes of ‘matchstick men’ against a backdrop of factories and chimneys belching smoke, I left with a better feel of the artist who was at once a simple, unassuming man who painted what he saw before him, but also a complex character whose loneliness and frustrations come through in his art.

This was the artist who lovingly nursed his mother until her death but could not match up to her ideal of what an artist should be. This was the man, who never married yet painted many pictures of a mysterious unidentified dark-haired girl called ‘Anne’ and who kept pictures of the pre-Raphaelite Rossetti heroines around his bedroom.

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Written by  heather on her travels.

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