L.S. Lowry

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The Art and the Artist
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Lowry Art and the Artist Book

    Hardcover: 320 pages
    Publisher: Unicorn Press (1 Oct 2010)
    Product Dimensions: 30.6 x 25.8 x 3.2 cm

    Language: English
    ISBN-13: 978-1906509064

    Barcode: 1906509069

    If you only ever buy one book on Lowry then this is it. It's size, illustrations and text takes us into the world of Lowry so much so that you can almost smell the streets and feel the breath of the wind from the Lowry skies. Coffee-table book which, if it is like all other art books of this type, quickly goes out of print and there begins the inexorable rise in prices. Catch it now, today...



Everyone seems to have initials for for first names in Lowry's world!

I first came across this monster of a book in the Tate Britain shop now moved across the way from where it was for years for no discernible reason. The only difference is the new space is smaller and the light is alot harsher. Anyway, the bright light fell on the cover and obscured everything around it. The monograph on Lucian Freud; the boots or some unusual thing bearing the Peter Blake scrawl; the suited Gilbert & George on the front cover of another book; Tracey Emin doing something; Damien Hirst doing nothing...everything around it paled into insignificance. Art over artifice and all that.

I loved it. Loved it before I opened it. Loved it because it was big and Lowry big was how Lowry was always meant to be. And I still had the excitement of buying it and taking it home and turning the pages and finding beauty in the pictures and the wrods.

I wasn't disappointed on any page. There has never been a Lowry book like it.

It's long and that's the way it should be. A long life with a long line of art. A long wait as this book, a definitive guide to the artist, has been long overdue. Let face it: us Lowry followers have waited years for it. 360 pages with 200 colour illustrations. Some of them hitherto have never seen the light of day. There are drawing s and a guide to the public collections where you can see his paintings. The Tate's excuse for not showing them is priceless.

What helps is the fact that Rosenthal knew Lowry well and had interviewed him. With the contribution of key critics we get into the minutiae of the working life of the artist and the book succeeds in making the reader understand Lowry far better than before he/she opens the book.

Recommended without a qualm.

~ © Paul Page, 2011

The Art and the Artist

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