Tanker at Greenwich, 1961

by L S Lowry

£40,000

This particular piece depicts the harbor at Greenwich. This work dated 1961, is one of a handful of works that Lowry produced in London as he became a frequent visitor to the capital during the 1960’s. Although Lowry’s works of the city are relatively rare, his fascination with waterways, however, meant he was obviously drawn to the Thames – and this work is a great example of that.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 7.5 x 13.5 in./19.1 x 34.3 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed and dated 1961 lower right
MEDIUM: Pencil on paper

Catalogue No: 5740 Categories: ,

Lowry’s art focuses on the industrial cityscapes of Manchester and nearby Salford, affectionately portraying the factories and ‘matchstick’ people who stride purposefully about their business. His paintings combine observed and invented elements

In 1916, whilst waiting for a train, he became fascinated by the workers leaving the Acme Spinning Company Mill; the combination of the people and the surroundings were a revelation to him and marked the turning point in his artistic career. He began to explore the industrial areas of South Lancashire and discovered a wealth of inspiration, remarking: “My subjects were all around me… in those days there were mills and collieries all around Pendlebury. The people who work there were passing morning and night. All my material was on my doorstep.”By 1920 Lowry’s street scenes, peopled with workers, housewives and children set against a backdrop of industrial buildings and terraced houses, had become central to his highly personal style. From then on he painted entirely from experience and believed that you should ‘paint the place you know’. His leisure time was spent walking the streets of Manchester and Salford making pencil sketches on scraps of paper and the backs of used envelopes recording anything that could be used in his work.

Private collection, United Kingdom

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Laurence Stephen Lowry RBA RA (1 November 1887 – 23 February 1976) was an English artist. Many of his drawings and paintings depict Pendlebury, Lancashire, where he lived and worked for more than 40 years, and also Salford and its surrounding areas.

Lowry is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England in the mid-20th century. He developed a distinctive style of painting and is best known for his urban landscapes peopled with human figures often referred to as “matchstick men”. He painted mysterious unpopulated landscapes, brooding portraits and the unpublished “marionette” works, which were only found after his death.

A large collection of Lowry’s work is on permanent public display in The Lowry, a purpose-built art gallery on Salford Quays named in his honour. Lowry rejected five honours during his life, including a knighthood in 1968, and consequently holds the record for the most rejected British honours. On 26 June 2013 a major retrospective opened at the Tate Britain in London, his first at the Tate, and in 2014 his first solo exhibition outside the UK was held in Nanjing, China.

 

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