‘Harbour with Fishing Boats’ by L S Lowry
Oil on board
8.25 x 10.5 inches
Signed and dated (lower left)
Laurence Stephen Lowry had a lifelong fascination with the sea and sketched and painted seascapes throughout his long career.
Juxtaposed with his bustling industrial scenes filled with scurrying figures, Lowry’s seascapes are imbued with a sense of calm and nostalgia for childhood holidays on the North West coast. He liked to travel along the Fylde Coast, a coastal area of western Lancashire, not too far from his hometown.
Indeed, the artist’s mother, who never liked his industrial work, only once voiced any praise for a painting – another scene of boats at Lytham that Lowry was to hang in his bedroom for the rest of his life. This beautiful oil exemplifies Lowry’s masterly use of flake-white, here employed as both sea and sky almost merging into one; the yachts providing notes of colour and movement against the shimmering, light-filled sea.
May 17th is nearly upon us, I’m sure some of you will be sailing away to foreign climes, or perhaps venturing further afield around the United Kingdom. If you do happen to find yourself in the beautiful Cotswolds, we are currently exhibiting a fantastic selection of artwork including this extraordinary oil, and would be delighted, as always, to see you.
In this week’s newsletter, we are also giving you the opportunity to explore our art advisory, Cotswolds. If you are looking to consign your artwork then please fill out the form with more details in our Gallery News section below.