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Going to the Match (1953)
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SIZED: 28 x 36
DATE: 1953
TYPE: OIL


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    One of the many football subjects painted by the artist, who was always keenly interested in sport: football and cricket in particular


Many of these pictures have either direct or imaginary links with Burnden Park, Bolton, home of Bolton Wanderers Football Club, a ground only a few miles from Pendlebury and often visited by the artist as a young man.

However, as with so many of his Industrial Landscapes, his football pictures are usually a "composite" of the actual and the imaginary. Factories, buildings and streets, woven into a "vision". As he once said:


    "If I had shown things as they are - it would not have looked like a vision. So I had to make up symbols. With my figures also, of course".


The picture is therefore not a picture of a particular football match but a "vision" of all football matches.


Source: L.S. Lowry RA, 1887-1976: [catalogue of an exhibition held at the Royal Academy], 4 September to 14 November [1976]




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