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L.S. Lowry RA 1887-1976

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L.S. Lowry - Beach Scene , Sandsend

Beach Scene , Sandsend, 1945

Pencil drawing
11½ x 15¼ ins (29.21 x 38.74 cms)
Signed and dated

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Provenance

LeFevre Gallery London
Monty Bloom
Private Collection

Exhibition History

Southport, Atkinson Art Gallery, The Bloom Collection, 1967 (no catalogue produced).
Sunderland, Arts Council, Art Gallery, L.S. Lowry, August-September 1966, no. 146: this exhibition travelled to Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery, September-October 1966; Bristol, City Art Gallery, October-November 1966; and London, Tate Gallery, November 1966-January 1967.
Salford, Art Gallery, L.S. Lowry Centenary Exhibition, October-November 1987, no. 181.
Manchester, City Art Gallery (on loan).

Literature

M. Levy, The Drawings of L.S. Lowry, London, 1963, pl. 51.

General Notes

The present drawing relates to a group of works depicting the seaside that Lowry returned to throughout his life. Michael Howard (Lowry A Visionary Artist, Salford, 2000, p. 230) writes that an earlier 1921 drawing, On the Sands, 'is reminiscent of Seurat's frieze-like compositions of modern life. Despite the harmonious atmosphere of the whole composition, the individual figures retain an unsettling sense of self-containment, even of isolation ... Nothing is included that might suggest the laissez-faire aspect of seaside activities: swimsuits and disported bodies are conspicuous by their absence. These holidaymakers, unlike their counterparts on the seaside posters, remain as they do in the photographs of the period, resolutely fully clothed, dignified, proper and restrained'.

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