L.S. Lowry

A Young Man

1955

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 508 x 610 mm
frame: 689 x 789 x 75 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1957
Reference
T00142

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In 1957 Lowry described the chance meeting which prompted him to paint this emotionally charged portrait of a young man: 'The head was done from my recollection of a young man I saw once in a Manchester park - a good while ago. He interested me very much at the time and stayed in my mind in a vague sort of way ever since. He gave me the impression that something had very badly gone wrong in his life tho' he gave no inkling of what it was in a fairly long conversation. He was totally disinterested in anything at all and yet was, to me most interesting - he was a peculiar young gentleman and I would have liked to have come across him again, I am sure I am right about him'.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

T00142 A YOUNG MAN 1955
 
Inscr. ‘L. S. Lowry 1955’ b.r.
Canvas, 20×24 (51×60·5).
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1957.
Exh: R.A., 1957 (485).

‘The head was done from my recollection of a young man I saw once in a Manchester park - a good while ago. He interested me very much at the time and stayed in my mind in a vague sort of way ever since. He gave me the impression that something had very badly gone wrong in his life, tho' he gave no inkling of what it was in a fairly long conversation. He was totally disinterested in anything at all and yet was, to me, most interesting - he was a peculiar young gentleman and I would have liked to have come across him again. I am sure I am right about him.’ (Letter from the artist, 4 July 1957.)

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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