Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976) Industrial scene with figures 15.2 x 11 cm. (6 x 4 3/8 in.)
Lot 31AR
Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A.
(British, 1887-1976)
Industrial scene with figures 15.2 x 11 cm. (6 x 4 3/8 in.)
Sold for £80,500 (US$ 130,370) inc. premium

Lot Details
Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976)
Industrial scene with figures
signed and dated 'L.S.Lowry 1958' (lower left)
oil on panel
15.2 x 11 cm. (6 x 4 3/8 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Gifted by Laurence S. Lowry to the present owner in the 1960s

    Painted on a very small scale, Industrial scene with figures
    (1958) illustrates that L.S. Lowry was just as accomplished working on
    diminutive pictures as he was on expansive canvases. Like A Mill
    Scene, Wigan executed in 1964 (see Bonhams sale 19 November 2008,
    lot 61) and Mill Scene painted in 1972 and exhibited in Tate
    Britain's recent Lowry exhibition (see colour plate number 118 in the
    accompanying exhibition catalogue) the present lot, through the
    incorporation of figures travelling to their workplace, shows a thriving
    industrial environment within an unusually confined space. Despite being
    petite these oil sketches exude character; they take on a truly
    impressionistic air and the influence of Lowry's teacher Adolphe Valette
    (1876-1942) at the Manchester Municipal School of Art during 1905-07 is
    perhaps most evident whilst looking at these bijou pictures. One only
    needs to compare Industrial scene with figures with Valette's
    equally small St. Peter's Square (reproduced in colour in Cécilia
    Lyon's 2006 monograph on Valette, pl.11) to understand just how
    influential this French born artist was in determining Lowry's future
    style of painting. Indeed, Lyon notes, 'Lowry did in fact express his
    gratitude for Valette's contribution. “I cannot over-estimate the effect
    on me at that time of the coming into this drab city of Adolphe Valette,
    full of the French Impressionists, aware of everything that was going on
    in Paris. He had freshness and a breadth of experience that was a very
    wonderful thing, as I saw it done by himself and his friends.”' (Cécilia
    Lyon, Adolphe Valette, Phillimore & Co., Chichester, 2006,
    p.116).
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