Lawrence Lowry was born in 1887 in the town of Stratford, Lancashire. His mother was an ambitious talented woman, who dreamed of the pianist’s career and hoped to have a girl. After the birth, Lowry’s mother was sick a lot and was forced to abandon her teaching lessons. Nervous and irritable, she used her ailments as leverage for sovereign domination in the family. Lowry’s father, whom Lowry called a cold fish, preferred the role of a passive observer.
Contrary to popular myth that Lowry was an amateur painter, he studied art for years: since 1905 he was studying at the Manchester Municipal College of Art, in the class of the French impressionist painter Pierre Adolphe Valette, who had a major influence on him; then he studied at the Royal Technical College in Salford. Up until 1928, he attended art classes at the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts.
Lowry’s main work during his whole life was very far from art. He first served as a clerk in the accounting company, and since 1910 until his retirement in 1952 he worked in the Pall Mall Property Company, where his main duty was collecting rent from tenants. Lowry kept his main job in secrecy.
The turning point in Lowry’s life was the incident that he had experienced in 1916, when he missed the train to Manchester. He saw many buildings on the background of a blue sky and realized that he needs to write.
Landscapes of industrial cities, factory walls, mines, factories, churches, schools, stadiums, streets - deserted and filled with crowds of passers-by, workers hurrying home, students, mothers with carriages, and so on – become the main characters of Lowry’s paintings. Rent collector Lowry knew a lot about them – for decades he was visiting their homes collecting rent money, listening to stories of their lives.
After his father died in 1932, Lowry was taking care of his mother. Every evening he had read a book to her, and only after she fell asleep, he had a few hours for the painting. Only after his mother’s death in 1939, the situation began to change – this was the year when Lowry held his first exhibition of paintings, marked by critical acclaim and successful sales work.
Lowry exhibited in the Paris Salon d’Automne and during the war years was assigned a martial artist. In 1953, he received the official order to paint the coronation of Elizabeth II. In subsequent years, the artist regularly exhibited in the UK, was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, and received a number of honorary titles and degrees from the Universities.
Lawrence died at the age of 88 from pneumonia. Lowry is one of the favorite artists of the British people, who became an integral part of the landscape art of the 20th century in England.
Lawrence Lowry was born in 1887 in the town of Stratford, Lancashire. His mother was an ambitious talented woman, who dreamed of the pianist’s career and hoped to have a girl. After the birth, Lowry’s mother was sick a lot and was forced to abandon her teaching lessons. Nervous and irritable, she used her ailments as leverage for sovereign domination in the family.