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L.S. Lowry RA 1887-1976

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L.S. Lowry - A Smiling Figure with Hands Clasped

A Smiling Figure with Hands Clasped, 1970

Pencil drawing
16½ x 11¾ ins (41.91 x 29.85 cms)
Signed and dated

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Provenance

Monty Bloom.
Acquired from the above by the previous owner circa 1972.

Exhibition History

Liverpool, Tate, Lowry in Liverpool, October 2006 - April 2007, exhibition not numbered.

General Notes

This drawing was originally part of the collection of successful Manchester business man Monty Bloom. Bloom saw great depth in these figurative works and his collecting of them bordered upon obsession as he accumulated a hundred or so bought in bulk.

Mervyn Levy (The Drawings of L.S. Lowry Public and Private, London, 1976, under pl. 203) comments on Lowry's depiction of a single standing figure, which the artist frequently executed in drawings from the late 1950s until the end of his life: 'He concentrated upon types, or upon simple situations such as A Man taken Ill (Private Collection). In most of these drawings the figure is totally isolated in an expanse of white paper - a method which serves to intensify the view, and to concentrate the attention of the spectator solely upon the subject, who is thus exposed as though studied through a telescope or even under a microscope. In this way the artist offers a voyeur's view of his subjects, who are themselves completely unaware that they are being scrutinized: a cruel and telling ploy'. In the present drawing, the figure is joined by a sketch of a tiny dog.

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