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Solitary genius of the north
on 24 January 2016
Fascinating study of an unusual but highly talented man who confounded the Manchester art establishment by becoming one of the most significant painters of the 20th century. 'The Men Who Laughed at Lowry' have gone down in history as dunderheads while Lowry's work is now among the most collectable of his era.
The most impressive thing about Lowry, apart from his pictures, was his determination to live life his way. He was never fazed by success and always insisted he was not an artist, but 'a man who paints.' He was a solitary but amiable figure who was instinctively creative, making images from the unpromising terrain of the urban north.
'I don't know why I do it. There doesn't seem any point to it,' he said. Those who revere the man and his work will disagree with that.