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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent presentation of Lowry's paintings, 30 Mar 2001
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This review is from: Lowry's City: A Painter and His Locale (Paperback)
Lowry's City was published in 2000 to co-incide with the opening of the new arts centre which bears the name of Salford's, and Manchester's most celebrated artist.
Some of Lowry's most famous paintings are here, presented side by side with his drawings of the same subject. Archive photos and contemporary ones, captured by Len Grant, provide further comparisons.
The locations are well documented with interesting background information about each place, L S Lowry's connections with it, and how the painting reveals the artist's mental state .
Lowry painted local landmarks, many of which have long since disappeared, such as St Augustine's Church, St Michael's Church, St John's Chruch and Oldfield Road Dwellings.
Peel Park, Swinton, Crime Lake, Daisy Nook, Stockport railway viaduct, Piccadilly Gardens, Mottram in Longdendale are some of the places featured which we can still recognise today. The book is in large format, and some of the reproductions show magnified sections of the paintings, revealing the artist's characteristic brushwork.
The authors have included maps showing the modern district and area boundaries. It would have been nice to include old street maps, as the new boundaries aren't part of Lowry's world.
This book is an excellent presentation of Manchester's - and Salford's - most famous artist and I highly recommend it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lowry pictures,sketches and photos of his city, 27 Dec 2001
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A. J. Seaton "a-n-t-o--n" (Southern England) - See all my reviews
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Lowry pictures,sketches and photos of his city.
This realy nice book matches pre sketches with photos and the finished paintings and explores his facination withe the scenes around Manchester
108 pages,larger than A4, crammed with pics and stories.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lowry's City, 1 Feb 2009
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Judith Standing has produced a gem of a book for lovers of Lowry and especially for those interested in the places that caught the painter's notice thoughout the city which gave him such inspiration.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lowry's views are not what they seem to be, 17 Dec 2012
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Dr R (Norwich, UK) - See all my reviews
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I saw this book at a Lowry exhibition at the Djanogly Gallery in Nottingham.

It is another very large book, 25cm x 36 cm, Lowry's City looks at a number of Lowry's city landscapes and compares them with photographic and other evidence which demonstrate how often the artist would move or replace, alter the size of or introduce from elsewhere, motifs in order the improve the overall composition. The artist also used to repeat figurative motifs, such as a man being arrested by two others, in different works. Comparisons are also made between works painted at different times and with sketches and more detailed drawings to show how his final composition was built up.

The authors, in an introduction, outline Lowry's working and artistic life, focussing particularly on the locations of the homes he lived in with his family, his mother and, latterly, by himself, describe examples of his manipulation of a particular view point and how these have been identified by detailed research, public appeals for information or even just by chance. His works are then analysed according to the chronological sequence: Pendlebury and the West (7 locations); Salford (13); Manchester (8); Mottram-in-Longendale and the East, where his interest was really in comparing his surroundings with those from his past (7), and Stockport 4).

The concept is an interesting one, especially for an artist as rooted in the industrial city as Lowry and, in general, it is successfully developed, although it would obviously mean more to someone familiar with this part of Lancashire. Whilst most of the works considered are typical of Lowry in that they show a bleak industrial landscape with his trademark stick people passing by, often with a stone staircase to be seen, there are some rural scenes (Stockport), an unusual and commissioned painting of an interior (Ancoats Hospital Outpatients' Hall, 1952), a painting commissioned by the War Artists' Advisory Committee (St Augustine's Church, Manchester, 1945), panoramas (including The Bandstand, Peel Park, 1931), animals (Agricultural Fair, Mottram-in-Longendale, 1949), floods (The Lake, 1937), river views (Stockport Viaduct, 1944) and a fair (Fair Ground at Daisy Nook, 1956).

Despite the size of the book there are a number of very small images, 3cm x 5 cm, which sometimes are not large enough to identify the features being described in the text. However, for lovers of Lowry and for social historians of the region this will not matter too much, I suspect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very, 27 April 2013
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Mr. A. F. Brough (Links UK) - See all my reviews
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Very interesting book great illustrations, well worth it for any Lowry fan!
Nice how the paintings are shown as real places too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars reminder of a visit, 20 Jun 2011
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E. Smith (Brighton, Sussex, UK) - See all my reviews
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I had seen it before and was pleased to be able to buy it for less. As always a good service
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