L.S. Lowry
The Pond 1950

Artwork details

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

Display caption

This industrial landscape contains many features typical of Lowry’s work: smoking chimneys, terraced houses, the Stockport Viaduct, and figures swarming through the city’s streets and open spaces. Though seen as a realist, Lowry’s works were largely composed from a variety of repeated motifs, becoming increasingly nostalgic as time went on. The artist said, ‘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.’

September 2016

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