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Industrial Landscape; Stockport Viaduct (1958)
By Laurence Stephen Lowry RA (1887-1976)
Oil on canvas
Size: 50.8 x 61 centimetres (20 x 24 inches)
Estimated Price: £1.2-1.8 million

The renowned 20th century British artist LS Lowry (1887-1976) is internationally recognised for his industrial landscapes which predominantly depict the north of England. This, Industrial Landscape; Stockport Viaduct (1958), is an exemplary oil painting offering an evocative and very human glimpse into daily British life at the time.

The work presents a number of stylistic and thematic elements characteristic of the artist’s work: bustling crowds, tightly packed houses, heavily-outlined black churches, factories with billowing smoke, and cutting dynamically across the image, the Viaduct itself.

Lowry commented on his greatest subject matter, industry, “It fascinates me, dominates my imagination… Many [of my pictures] are composite, and it is into these composite pieces that the Stockport Viaduct so often creeps, like some recurring subject in a dream.”

Many of Lowry’s works are made up of ‘fragments of reality’ from different parts of his life in northern England, often featuring recurring motifs such as Jackson’s Auctioneers and Salerooms, first drawn by Lowry in 1936.

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on May 20, 2012.