Iconic Painting of Manchester Life by L.S. Lowry sells for £2.3 Million at Sotherby's

Tonight, in Sotheby’s sale of Modern & Post-War British Art, an exceptional work by L.S. Lowry, Station Approach, Manchester (dated 1960), sold for £2.3 million.

Tonight, in Sotheby’s sale of Modern & Post-War British Art, an exceptional work by L.S. Lowry, Station Approach, Manchester (dated 1960), sold for £2.3 million.

 

Ranked among the most significant works created throughout the artist’s career, this painting of one of Manchester’s historic landmarks, the London and North Western Railway Exchange Station, epitomises everything that Lowry has become known and loved for.

 

The subject was highly significant for the artist – he chose to produce a smaller version of this painting in 1962 to present to the Royal Academy of Arts, London, on being made a Royal Academician (see left, Lowry with Station Approach, 1962, Royal Academy of Arts Collection). The painting was first exhibited in the artist’s sell-out 1961 exhibition at Lefevre Gallery, London and has not been seen in public for a generation.

 

LS Lowry

Frances Christie, Sotheby’s Head of Modern & Post-War British Art Department comments, ‘Station Approach, Manchester is one of Lowry’s most exciting works to emerge onto the market in recent years. Lowry was a master at portraying the energy and vitality of everyday life and in Station Approach, Manchester he captures the hustle and bustle of the crowds heading home after a hard day’s work – it is a superb example of Lowry at his very best.’

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