L.S Lowry Hidden Self Portrait

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Hidden L.S Lowry PortraitA L.S Lowry painting featuring a hidden self portrait of the artist highlights the 29th June, New Bond Street, Bonhams sale of  20th Century British Art sale

 

Group of People with the Artist is estimated to sell for £100,000 -150,000 and was executed in the same year as Lowry staged his seventh one-man show in London. By this time (1961) Lowry’s artistic reputation was already formidable with many of his regular collectors attempting to buy his works prior to the official opening. He had begun to move away from his ambitious and complex industrial landscapes and focus more on people.

 

The eight figures in Group of People with the Artist, including men, women and children are collected together in a huddle on a street. Only the subtlest of references indicate the setting; a short diagonal line running through the signature marks the pavement. However, one figure is clearly isolated and distant from the group, and that is the artist himself, depicted in profile on the far left of the composition.

 

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