L.S. Lowry
Coming Out of School 1927

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L.S. Lowry 1887–1976
Coming Out of School
Date 1927
Medium Oil paint on plywood
Dimensions Support: 347 x 539 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Duveen Paintings Fund 1949
Not on display

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Like many of Lowry's pictures this is not a depiction of a particular place, but is based on recollections of a school seen in Lancashire. Lowry's combination of observation and imaginative power often produced images which capture a deeply felt experience of place, with which others could identify. For example, in 1939 John Rothenstein, then Director of the Tate Gallery, visited Lowry's first solo exhibition in London and later wrote: 'I stood in the gallery marvelling at the accuracy of the mirror that this to me unknown painter had held up to the bleakness, the obsolete shabbiness, the grimy fogboundness, the grimness of northern industrial England.' This work was then purchased by the Trustees.

April 1994

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