Posts tagged with 'lowry'
21 March 2011 by Lisa
It’s a very exciting week this week as the newly refurbished room at the Walker Art Gallery, ‘British art 1880-1950’, is opening again on Friday. It will showcase pieces from our collections including works by LS Lowry and Lucian Freud, plus many works which have never been on display before!
I had a chat with our curator of British art, Laura MacCulloch, who told me more about what you can expect to see there:
Tell me about the different types of works which are being brought together in this room?
This work brings together paintings, sculptures and works on paper with furniture and ceramics all made between 1880 and 1950. It’s a really exciting period to explore as artists begin to break away from the traditional, Victorian ideas about art and experiment with styles, colours and techniques. It’s great to be able to show fine and decoratvie arts together because it shows how artists working in all media experimented.
How does this room differ from the more ‘standard’ rooms of paintings in the Walker?
We are aiming to give our visitors more of the context surrounding the art. Between 1880 and 1950 there were huge political and social upheavals brought on by two world wars and increasing industrialisation. We have created an interactive timeline which includes lots of information and images relating to key historical and art historical events. There is more information on the timeline than we could ever fit on a label. Read more…
2 June 2010 by Stephen
I was fascinated to get close to LS Lowry’s remarkable painting, ‘Waterloo Docks’, now on a long loan at the Walker Art Gallery. This is a great work of art but when you try to analyse the picture’s qualities they are difficult to pin down. It is like a walk in the fields on a beautiful May day when colours and landscape become perfect for a passing moment.
Look at ‘Waterloo Docks’ as a complete entity and it forms a compelling whole but individual components seem no more than children’s doodles. This is the brilliant essence of its charm. Lowry, as his life studies prove, was a skilful draughtsman who developed his uniquely simple matchstick men style during years of painstaking study. ‘Waterloo Docks’ was painted on a visit to Liverpool in 1962, towards the end of Lowry’s painting career. It has been hung next to the gallery’s ‘Fever Van’, painted in 1935 – it is interesting to compare the two. Read more…