‘Lowry is Britain’s preeminent painter of the industrial city’ says Tate curator Helen Little, as she introduces the exhibition ‘Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life’.

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For Lowry, modern painting needed to represent the remaining rituals of public life: football matches and protest marches, evictions and fist-fights, workers going to and from the mill. Without his pictures, Britain would arguably lack an account in paint of the experiences of the 20th-century working class.

As a modern painter Lowry wished to show what the industrial revolution had made of the world, yet his dominant status in British art coincided with a disappearance of the industrialised world he engaged with.

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This is such a splendid Exhibition of Lowry's work in one place.