L.S. Lowry
The Pond 1950

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L.S. Lowry 1887–1976
The Pond
Date 1950
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1143 x 1524 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1951
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1950

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'The Pond' is an impressive industrial landscape containing many features typical of Lowry's work; smoking chimneys, terraced houses and on the right, in the middle distance, the Stockport Viaduct. The scene is brought to life by his so called 'matchstick' people who swarm like ants through the city's streets and open spaces. 'This is a composite picture built up from a blank canvas. I hadn't the slightest idea of what I was going to put in the canvas when I started the picture but it eventually came out as you see it. This is the way I like working best'. Lowry considered this to be his finest industrial landscape.

September 2004

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