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.