In this video, Sotheby’s head of modern and post-war British art Frances Christie presents L.S. Lowry’s ‘Going to the Match’. At a time when the passion of the crowd has been so sadly missing at sporting events, the work offers us a welcome, pre-Covid sense of pre-match energy and excitement.
Painted in 1928, the work is one of Lowry’s earliest depictions of crowds bound for a sporting occasion, in this case, a rugby match, which illustrates how deeply entrenched the sport was in the social and cultural fabric of northern England.
Born Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976), the English artist’s drawings and paintings depict Pendlebury, Lancashire, where he lived and worked for more than 40 years, as well as Salford and its vicinity.
He is famous for painting scenes of life set in northwest England’s industrial districts during the mid-20th century, and is best known for urban landscapes peopled with human figures, often referred to as “matchstick men”. By contrast, he also painted enigmatic unpopulated landscapes, brooding portraits and the unpublished “marionette” works, which were only discovered after his death.
On 26 June 2013, a major retrospective of his paintings opened at the Tate Britain in London; in 2014, his first solo exhibition outside the UK was held in Nanjing, China. Today, a collection of his work is on display in The Lowry, a purpose-built art gallery on Salford Quays.
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