Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The Playground by LS Lowry (1945)

The Playground by LS Lowry
While outside in the snow on Sunday, as we looked over the lake and all the people out on their sledges, a friend commented how it looked like a Lowry painting. To me it felt like a day at the beach...everyone was in holiday mood, enjoying the fun and company but with the exception of deck chairs!

The comment regarding the Lowry scene left me intrigued. I don't know alot about Lowry and his works so  felt impelled to find out!

The painting above is 'The Playground' by LS Lowry and I wonder if this was the one my friend had in mind when he make his remark.

A brief history, taken from Wiki.
Laurence Stephen Lowry (1 November 1887 – 23 February 1976) was an English artist born in Barrett Street, Stretford, Lancashire. Many of his drawings and paintings depict nearby Salford and surrounding areas, including Pendlebury, where he lived and worked for over 40 years at 117 Station Road (B5231), opposite St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church.
Lowry is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of Northern England during the early 20th century. He had a distinctive style of painting and is best known for urban landscapes peopled with human figures often referred to as "matchstick men". He also painted mysterious unpopulated landscapes, brooding portraits, and the secret 'marionette' works, the latter only found after his death.

Our view across the lake

Chating and playing in the snow

 I have now set my laptop background as 'The playground' and am looking forward to showing it to MJ in the morning and listening to his ideas of what Lowry painted.

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