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I can’t think what you want to go to London for, you won’t find any better lamp posts there…” L S Lowry used to tell young artists who asked his career advice. When Lowry came to public attention in the 1950s and 1960s, he was often photographed with a street lamp in the background. It was a symbol of the streets that, as a rent collector in Salford and Manchester, he had traipsed around for over half a century, and privately captured in paint.

Of his stylised figures, his so-called “matchstick men”, Lowry said himself that “they are symbols of my mood, they are myself. Natural figures would have broken the spell of my vision, so I made them half unreal; had I drawn them as they are it would not have looked like a vision.”

Read more on The Telegraph:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/artists/surprising-object-secret-key-lowrys-paintings/

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