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Details & Cataloguing

Modern & Post-War British Art

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London

Laurence Stephen Lowry, R.A.
1887-1976
FIGURES IN THE STREET

Provenance

Gifted by the Artist to the previous owner
Their sale, Sotheby's London, 3rd March 1999, lot 187, where acquired by the present owners

Catalogue Note

'Until Samuel Beckett wrote Waiting for Godot nobody seems to have noticed that much of human life is to do with waiting, and until Lowry painted his crowds, no other artist had recorded how people (and animals) look and behave en masse. Each individual is on his/her own journey across the canvas yet leaning to form the crowd with its own collective identity. Once you have seen how Lowry saw us, you cannot ever see or be in a football crowd, nor watch kids playing, workers leaving the factory, queuing, or stopping to chat or hear the fairground barker, without saying, “Lowry! It’s just like a Lowry painting!” Going about our business or pleasure, we are all subjects of his vision.' (Sir Ian McKellen, ‘My Lifelong Passion for L.S. Lowry’, The Telegraph, 21st April 2011)

Modern & Post-War British Art

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London