House for sale



Height - 12.50inch (31.75cm)
Width - 10.00inch (25.40cm)
Framed Height - 21.25inch (53.97cm)
Framed Width - 17.25inch (43.81cm)


House for sale






Signed & dated 1922
Drawing SS 12 ½ x 10 inches
Framed size 21 ¼ x 17 ¼ inches

Laurence Stephen Lowry was born on 1 November 1887 in Manchester.
He lived all his life in or near the city. He studied art at evening classes but made his living as a rent collector and clerk for a firm of accountants. Lowry also had intermittent art school training from 1905 to 1925 and therefore was not a completely untaught artist, as is often thought. An eccentric and reclusive figure, Lowry lived alone after the death of his mother, following a spartan routine. 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 He painted mysterious unpopulated landscapes, brooding portraits and the unpublished "marionette" works, which were only found after his death. Due to his use of stylized figures and the lack of weather effects in many of his landscapes he is sometimes characterized as a naïve "Sunday painter", although this is not the view of the galleries that have organised retrospectives of his works. Lowry exhibited his work at the Manchester Academy of Fine Art 1918 to 1919 and with the New English Art Club from 1927 to 1936. Also, he exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in Paris and at the Royal Academy, London. Lowry became a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1934 and held his first solo exhibition in 1939 at the Lefevre Gallery in London. Lowry was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1955.
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.
Lowry died on 23 February 1976.

Works Represented: Salford City Art Gallery has the largest collection. Tate Gallery; City of Southampton; Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Manchester City Art Gallery.

Bibl: Wikipedia; Benezit

Provenance: Lefevre Gallery, London; Private Collection U.K

This wonderful earlier period drawing has much to say about the changing times Lowry would have witnessed. The Post War depression continued and by 1922 wages were at about 80% of pre-war levels, unemployment was high. The central feature of this drawing is of course the ‘House for Sale’, but is it a foreclosure or is it just about to be consumed by the surrounding industry?
The animation of the figures in this drawing is superb and shows the great gifts this extraordinary artist had.

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