Family Group, 1931

by L S Lowry

P.O.A.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 9 x 6 in./ 23 x 15 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘L.S. Lowry’ and dated 1931 lower right
MEDIUM: Oil on panel

In Family Group, Lowry has depicted one of his favoured subjects, families going about their day. Here two mothers and their respective children have paused to chat, their faces alive with animation. Lowry has created an intimate snapshot into local family life, capturing the two families’ closeness.

The year of this piece, 1931, is important as the 1930s and 1940s are recognized as the greatest period in Lowry’s oeuvre, when his artistic vision was strongest.
This beautiful work was previously owned by Monty Bloom, a Welsh, Manchesterbased business man, who became Lowry’s patron and close friend. They met in the latter half of the 1950s, just as Lowry was finding fame, after decades of being overlooked. Visitors to Lowry’s new home in Mottram-in-Longdendale often wanted to commission a ‘classic’ industrial cityscape from him. Lowry would send them away, asking them to come back another day, by which time he had found something painted years ago that would suffice.

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In Family Group, Lowry has depicted one of his favoured subjects, families going about their day. Here two mothers and their respective children have paused to chat, their faces alive with animation. Lowry has created an intimate snapshot into local family life, capturing the two families’ closeness.

The year of this piece, 1931, is important as the 1930s and 1940s are recognized as the greatest period in Lowry’s oeuvre, when his artistic vision was strongest.
This beautiful work was previously owned by Monty Bloom, a Welsh, Manchesterbased business man, who became Lowry’s patron and close friend. They met in the latter half of the 1950s, just as Lowry was finding fame, after decades of being overlooked. Visitors to Lowry’s new home in Mottram-in-Longdendale often wanted to commission a ‘classic’ industrial cityscape from him. Lowry would send them away, asking them to come back another day, by which time he had found something painted years ago that would suffice.

Provenance

Monty Bloom Collection
With Hamet Gallery, London, 29 September 1972, where acquired by
Mrs. Helen Keith-Roach
Private Collection, United Kingdom

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Biography

Laurence Stephen Lowry was an English artist born on Barrett Street, Stretford, in
Lancashire. Many of his drawings and paintings depict nearby Salford and the
surrounding areas, including Pendlebury, which is where he lived and worked for over
40 years.
As a young boy, Lowry lived in the leafy Manchester suburb of Victoria Park. Lack
of finances resulted in the family then having to move to Station Road, Pendlebury,
Salford – a far more industrial landscape than Lowry had been used to. Lowry would
recall “At first I detested it, and then, after years I got pretty interested in it, then
obsessed by it.”
Lowry studied both at the Manchester Academy of Fine Art and at Salford Royal
Technical College in Peel Park, close to where he lived. Tutored by the likes of the
famed French impressionist Adolphe Valette, and inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite
artists Ford Madox Brown and Rossetti, Lowry understood how the power of art and
artists could influence the representation of landscapes and, in particular, the modern
city. Lowry felt that drawings were as hard to do as painting. He worked the surface
of his drawings by smudging, erasing and rubbing the pencil lines on his paper to
build the atmosphere of the drawing.
Best known for his depictions of industrial Manchester and Salford and “matchstick
men,” his work covers a wide range of subject matter including seascapes, landscapes
and portraits, among which are the oil paintings of his mother and father which he
kept on display in his home throughout his life
L.S Lowry has been one of the biggest British successes in the last ten years moving
out of obscurity to a key position in British Art. His work can now be found in
museums and private collections across the globe, including the Fitzwilliam Museum
in Cambridge, The Imperial War Museum in London, the MOMA in New York and
the Tate in London. In 2013, Tate Britain held a retrospective of his work, the first
one since his death.

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