On Wednesday 26 June the first London exhibition dedicated to L.S. Lowry since his death in 1976 opens at the Tate Britain – Lowry And The Painting Of Modern Life.
This new exhibition will feature many of Lowry’s famous paintings of Britain’s now fading industrial landscape, including items from the Tate’s own collection (including the 1927 Coming Out Of School and 1950’s The Pond) and many loans from museums and galleries in Lowry’s native northwest such as Pit Tragedy, held by the Lowry Salford, and The Fever Van from the Walker Gallery in Liverpool.
As the Tate states on it’s website, Lowry’s contribution to British art can’t be underestimated – arguably without him there would be virtually no artistic record of the lives of ordinary working people in the early to mid 20th century. However, Lowry & The Painting Of Modern Life also looks to tease out how his work was influenced by his teacher Adolphe Valette and the French painters such as van Gogh, Pissarro and Seurat who also documented the lives of ordinary French citizens in much of their work.
Lowry & The Painting Of Modern Life runs at Tate Britain until 20 October.