Event: Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life
Location: Tate Britain, SW1
Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life is a major show on the work of the English painter LS Lowry, known for his paintings of northern industrial landscapes and “matchstick men”.
This is the first ever retrospective of Lowry’s work by a major London gallery since his death in 1976.
The artist, who lived and worked in Pendlebury on the outskirts of Manchester for over 40 years, had a distinctive artistic style, painting scenes of life in the smoke-filled industrial heartlands of the northwest of England in the mid-20th century.
The exhibition of around 80 works is curated by the art historians, TJ Clark and Anne Wagner, who argue that Lowry picked up where the 19th century French painters of modern life had left off and was more influenced by the Impressionists than other British artists of the time.
The Tate Britain gallery is currently undergoing a major refurbishment, and has recently re-hung its permanent collection, (see Walk Through British Art).
Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life is on at the Tate Britain Gallery on Millbank from 26 Jun to 20 Oct 2013, open 10am-6pm every day, some Fridays until 10pm (curator’s tour on 2 Sep).