The industrial landscapes and urban scenes of Britain’s northern cities are set to come to London next month, with Tate Britain launching a major new exhibition entitled Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life.
Until now there has never been a posthumous public exhibition of LS Lowry’s work in the capital, making this a landmark event and an important opportunity for tourists staying at Montcalm hotels in London to familiarise themselves with one of Britain’s best-loved painters.
Lowry was born in 1887 and studied at Manchester School of Art under the French impressionist artist Pierre Adolphe Valette. He spent most of his career living and working in Salford, depicting life in industrialised areas. His paintings are famous for their iconic ‘matchstick men’ seen going to and from factories, attending football matches and performing other rituals of daily life.
While Lowry’s artistic merit is hotly debated, with his popularity and seemingly simple approach common targets for detractors, Tate Britain says it intends to “reassess Lowry’s contribution to art history and to argue for his achievement as Britain’s preeminent painter of the industrial city”.
In particular, the exhibition will look at the links and correspondences between Lowry’s works and those of his 19th century forebears – French painters like Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat and Camille Pissarro. It will also reveal how Lowry took inspiration from the “strange symbolist townscapes” of his teacher Valette.
Paintings on display include two major pieces from the Tate’s collection, The Pond and Coming Out of School, alongside significant loans like Pit Tragedy and The Fever Van. Furthermore, the exhibition will show some rarely-seen later works painted in Wales in the 1960s.
Tate Britain is one of London’s finest galleries and well worth a visit for all art enthusiasts visiting the capital. Those travelling via the London Underground should head towards the Pimlico, Vauxhall or Westminster tube stops.
The exhibition opens on June 26th and admission is priced at £16.50 for adults.