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Man Lying On Wall

Man Lying On Wall
Signed Print

L S Lowry

Lithograph, 1957
Signed Print Edition of 500
H 40cm x W 50cm

Critical Review

Alongside works like Figures In The Park and Group Of Children, Man Lying On Wall is an example of Lowry’s style that focused on small groups of figures and portraits of individuals painted on a plain white ground with little or no architectural landscape setting. The artist was insistent on the fact these portraits were all based on real characters he saw in and around Greater Manchester, often people he saw living on the streets whilst working as a rent collector.

Lowry said of this work, “People refuse to believe me when I tell them I saw a man dressed just like that, doing just that, from the top of a bus…It was the umbrella propped against the wall which caught my eye and prompted the picture. The chap was well-dressed and obviously enjoying the smoke and his rest. I couldn’t resist doing him as a subject.”

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