Yachts at Lytham St. Anne's
signed and dated 'LS LOWRY 1951'
oil on panel
21.5 x 34 cm. (8 1/2 x 13 3/8 in.) Sold for £133,250 inc. premium
PROVENANCE: With The Waddington Galleries, London
Lowry's paintings of pleasure boats at Lytham St. Anne's on the Lancashire coast form an important and well-documented aspect of the artist's oeuvre.
It is well known that his mother favoured these over his darker industrial scenes, attracted, perhaps, to their cheerful palette and the nostalgic memory of holidays
at the coast with her son. These works form an important aspect of the artist's output, from sketches made as early as 1902 to well into the 1970s, as Lowry relished
in the painterly effects of depicting the character of the tranquil waters, dotted with pastel sails.
T.G. Rosenthal writes 'it is not mere speculation to say that the sea, wherever he found it, gave him ample opportunity to work with his beloved,
and so ingeniously exploited, white paint. More than the industrials, and more than his earth-bound landscapes the views of the sea had one overpowering component
which existed on a much smaller - and frequently mostly hidden - aspect, namely an uninterrupted horizon where the preponderant white sky met the edge of the sea.'
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Lowry both liked and understood these industrial areas, Lowry had no need to travel abroad, journeying from one side of the city to the other gave him all the depth he required for his paintings. One of his first reviewers, Bernard Taylor, commented in 1921. Lowry's portrait of Lancashire is more grimly like that of a caricature, because it is done with the intimacy of affection.
He emphasises violently everything that industrialism has done to make the aspect of Lancashire more forbidding than that of most other places. Many of us may comfort ourselves a little with contemplating suburban roads, parks, or gardens in public squares, or with the lights and colours of morning or sunset. L.S.Lowry has refused all comfortable delusions. Lowry has kept his vision as fresh as if he had come suddenly into the most forbidding part of Hulme or Ancoats under the gloomiest skies after a holiday in France or Italy'We hope that you will browse and enjoy Paintings and signed prints by wildlife artist David Shepherd,