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L.S. Lowry

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L.S. Lowry

by Laurence Stephen ('L.S.') Lowry
pencil, circa 1920
15 in. x 11 in. (381 mm x 279 mm)
Purchased, 1987
Primary Collection
NPG 5951


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Lowry described standing on Pendlebury Station in 1916, and waking to the beauties of the northern indus trial landscape. His work has a unique place in twentieth-century British art for his idiosyncratic vision of those landscapes, peopled with matchstick figures, sets him apart from the mainstream, but is nevertheless in the tradition of English visionary artists such as William Blake and Stanley Spencer. His self-portraits were always given general titles which conferred an anonimity in keeping with his reclusive nature. This self portrait was entitled simply 'Head of a Man'. The critic Mervyn Levy has said that it is in no way a literal or factually accurate portrait, being more about a state of mind and intended to express a sense of loneliness.

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