Laurence Stephen Lowry 1887-1976

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Research Point

Look at and research different artists’ depictions of landscape. For example look at: Durer’s landscapes are some of the earliest recordings of the northern Renaissance world created. Claude Lorrain’s designed landscapes using classical proportions, the British artist Lowry’s images of industrial life. Make notes in your learning log.

Always a favourite of mine.  I admire how he can make one image both simple and complex at the same time.  Many of his paintings simplify the human element into bustling ants going about their business in a built up, crowded industrial city. Not many artists, that I am currently aware of, try to convey the volumes of people in these confined spaces yet he makes them an integral part of the cityscape.  Without all these people why would there be cities in the first place? Seems odd to leave them out really.

Coming Out of School by LS Lowry

Coming Out of School by LS Lowry

I chose Coming Out of School as I stared at a print of this many times that hung outside my school’s staff room – hopefully that doesn’t mean I was always in trouble! In addition to the depiction of the scene itself, it invokes childhood memories and makes me smile. Lowry captures a moment and a narrative in the ordinary every day.

Returning from Work by LS Lowry

Returning from Work by LS Lowry 1929 (Oil on Canvas)

I also like Returning from Work, this is a little more detailed regarding the people as you can see faces and expressions rather than purely body language. Yet the background of factories and the smog they produced gives atmosphere and a sense of place. Lowry has used the crowd as the structural element for the foreground, the midground consists of the factory gates and the distance is led away by misty factory buildings, his version of far hills and sky.

The Bandstand, Peel Park by LS Lowry

The Bandstand, Peel Park by LS Lowry, 1931

The Bandstand, Peel Park shows an elevated view. One can imagine that this is a weekend and everyone wants to enjoy the outdoors and wide open space, but the looming, smoking chimneys are never far away. Lowry is a master of story telling.

Claude Lorrain – 17th Century

23/04/14

Research Point

Look at and research different artists’ depictions of landscape. For example look at: Durer’s landscapes are some of the earliest recordings of the northern Renaissance world created. Claude Lorrain’s designed landscapes using classical proportions, the British artist Lowry’s images of industrial life. Make notes in your learning log.

The Cascades of Tivoli by Claude Lorrain

The Cascades of Tivoli by Claude Lorrain – black chalk on paper

The Cascades of Tivoli by Claude Lorrain. This is a more classical landscape – distant skies and clouds over the far hills, midground being more defined and a focal point of figures in the foreground. The foreground itself has strong contrasts of light and dark where the sun hits the ground and throws its shadows.There is a sense that this was drawn from life with the figures possibly added later.

landscape with brigands - claude lorrain

Landscape with Brigands 1633 by Claude Lorrain

Landscape with Brigands, etching laid on paper. Compositionally, the eye is drawn around this image from the dark and dominant figures across to the middle rock formations and trees, then back across to the distant hills.   It’s easy to look at and to keep looking at, it works tonally and has depth of space that the eye understands – the more you look the more you see.

Landscape at Dusk by Claude Lorrain

Landscape at Dusk by Claude Lorrain

Landscape at Dusk. A traditionally styled landscape. I particularly like the sky with its sun setting convincingly in the distance. There is a hazy mist drawing in, reflecting the last of the sun light – although there is a lot going on in the foreground I feel it is still playing a supporting role.

 

Albrecht Durer – Northern Renaissance

23/04/14

Research Point:

Look at and research artists’ depictions of landscape. For example look at:  Durer’s landscapes are some of the earliest recordings of the northern Renaissance world created. Claude Lorrain’s designed landscapes using classical proportions, the British artist Lowery’s images of industrial life. Make notes in your learning log.

House by a Pond Albert Durer

House by a Pond – watercolour by Albrecht Durer

Have chosen House by a Pond by Albrecht Durer. A simple subject at first glance, a desolate spot for a house needing a boat for access it seems. The style of the house and boat may indicate how things were in the late 15th Century, I am curious whether painted on the spot, from sketches or with some imagination – it is not easy for me to tell.

innsbruck seen from the north

Innsbruck seen from the North by Albrecht Durer

Next choice Innsbruck Seen from the North by Albrecht Durer. An early city scape. It seems that the focus in the castle like building on the left as he has let the right hand side fade back a little.

landscape with canon by albrecht durer

Landscape with Canon by Albrecht Durer

Landscape with Canon by Albrecht Durer. An extremely detailed image with more clearly defind back, middle and foreground than the previous two examples. A technical drawing of the canon, precise architecture and clothing styles of the time. A lot of information is contained within this image. It does appear to be more of a record than purely a work of art.