Industrial landscape Ashton-under-Lyne, by LS Lowry - Object of the month

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

February 2017

Industrial landscape Ashton-under-Lyne, 1952, by LS Lowry

David Tebb is our volunteer working in a museum assistant role in the Tony Bevan exhibition at Cartwright Hall. He has chosen this artwork by LS Lowry which can be found in Gallery 4, First Floor, Cartwright Hall.

"I left Manchester in 1967 to move to Guiseley, Leeds, where I have remained since. Lowry challenged my working class grammar school attempts to become sophisticated in art appreciation. Trips to Moseley Street Art Gallery in Manchester saw me trying to appreciate art but I was clearly tied to figurative, representational work. 

Lowry was initially rejected as a painter by me because he was not good in my naive view of what artists should do. However, Lowry's painting of Ancoats Hospital, 1952, took me straight back to the then A&E department where I went having broken a collar bone in 1954.

So, Industrial Landscape, Ashton-under-Lyne (A-u-L) 1952, links me further to my past in art appreciation and personal experience. Lowry's representation of the town gives a sense of the significance of the mills to the town and the houses needed for the workers. I worked in A-u-L from 1966 to 1969 and remember the red brick mills and terraced streets. A work of art should offer something to the viewer: it could be an aesthetic experience; or a trigger for memories; or a sublime moment. This Lowry is worth seeing, I believe."

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