Family Discussion is a black and white signed lithograph produced by the much-loved and iconic 20th century British painter, L.S. Lowry. The original drawing was made by Lowry in 1968, and the print is also titled A man trying to convince his mother about something - chuckled Lowry, which references Lowry’s family life and relationship with his own mother which was known to be very strained.
In this print, Lowry depicts five figures, in his classic visual style. The figures are drawn in a simple way and lack detail, meaning it is hard to distinguish one person from another. Lowry has been criticised for the lack of individualism among the human figures that often populate his paintings and drawings. However, the small, simple and indistinct forms, which are known as Lowry’s ‘matchstick men’ have become a signature element of the artist’s visual language.
This print differs from other works by Lowry such as Going to Work or Coming Home From the Mill. The artist is best known for his industrial landscapes in which he depicts the factories of Manchester and the people who work in them. Lowry was fascinated by the seriality and monotony of factory work. This print, however, has a much more personal element, resonating with Lowry’s own life and familial relationships.