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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 he takes his brush and he waits outside the pearly gates, 2 May 2015
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Salford is a CITY, okay? Not a town. Anything to do with Salford has to have 'city' in the title - just wanted to get that straight.

They say it's sentimental to see beauty in industrial surroundings. If so I must be sentimental, and so must Lowry. His work has the austere beauty of thousands of lives lived against the odds. That's why the throngs in the foreground, the 'matchstick' men and women, are the key. This book, which reproduces several pictures at almost life-size, has made me realise how clever these figures are. They're simple, but actually far from being matchsticks. You can see movement, what they are doing, even (somehow) what they are thinking.

Even so, you might expect it to be basically a book of local topography. Actually, by comparing his pictures with photos of the original locations, what it shows is the extent to which Lowry painted the city of his own imagination; how he moved away from the well-executed but conventional landscapes of his early years, simplified his style, edited and adapted until he had achieved work with genuine vision (and he is maybe the only C20th British artist of whom you could say that). You can see the same thing, on a greater scale, with Picasso; it's the difference between technique and talent.

Though he carried on painting into the 1960s, Lowry's work all has the flavour of a much earlier era: the 1930s or even back to before the First World War. The city he painted has now, and to a large extent had even then, disappeared: there are no more smoking mill chimneys, the miles of little terraced houses have been replaced by tower blocks. There is no traffic in his pictures, and no interiors; the life he shows us is one of endless walking around outside. There is not a speck of green, except in the parks, and it always seems to be winter. You could say it was a vision of, if not Hell, maybe Purgatory or Limbo - drab, grey and aimless, at best a place of passage - except that those little figures with their shoulders hunched and their hands in their pockets are there to humanise it. They haven't given up hope.

The one thing I would say is that the photos are, for some reason, reproduced very small; in some cases you can hardly make out the resemblance to the finished paintings.
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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 Lowery's City. Paper Back Version, 8 Feb. 2015
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I was very pleased with the rapid response and the quality of the book provtded at second hand price.
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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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