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Industrial Scene

Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976)

1965

O.1973.3

Title Industrial Scene
Object type Painting
Date 1965
Artist/maker Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976)
Support Canvas
Medium Oil Paint
Marks and
Inscriptions
signed & dated
Dimensions h:560 w:863 mm
Accession Lot Lowry, Laurence Stephen (gift, 1973)
Accession number O.1973.3

Exhibitions : The Dazzled Eye : Object Label : O.1973.3

Lowry’s composite industrial landscapes, which he first painted in the 1920s, only rarely depict specific places. Works such as this were symbolic townscapes, combining various elements of the northern industrial scene with which he had become intimately acquainted over the years, and which haunted his imagination.

Some critics have said that I turned my figures into puppets, as if my aim were to hint at the hard economic necessities that drove them. To say the truth, I was not thinking very much about the people. I did not care for them the way a social reformer does. They are part of a private beauty that haunted me. I loved them and the houses in the same way: as part of a vision.

L S Lowry

Exhibitions : The Dazzled Eye : Object Label : O.1973.3

Lowry’s composite industrial landscapes, which he first painted in the 1920s, only rarely depict specific places. Works such as this were symbolic townscapes, combining various elements of the northern industrial scene with which he had become intimately acquainted over the years, and which haunted his imagination.

Some critics have said that I turned my figures into puppets, as if my aim were to hint at the hard economic necessities that drove them. To say the truth, I was not thinking very much about the people. I did not care for them the way a social reformer does. They are part of a private beauty that haunted me. I loved them and the houses in the same way: as part of a vision.

L S Lowry