160411 11th Apr 2016 Art Talk: Parallel Lives: Lowry and Rockwell

'Going to Work', L S Lowry, 1943

Date: Monday 11th April 2016 10:30

Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)

Subject: Parallel Lives: L S Lowry and Norman Rockwell

Lecturer: Peter Atkinson

The painters L S Lowry (1887-1976) and Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) were close contemporaries from very different environments: Lancashire and New York/Massachusetts, respectively. Lowry is most famous for his depictions of life and landscape in Lancashire’s mill-towns, while Rockwell is most famous for his 300 covers for The Saturday Evening Post, an American general-interest magazine. During their life-times, each was dismissed by the critics: Lowry was said to be a ‘naïve’ because of his ‘matchstick’ men; and, because all his work was for commercial clients, Rockwell was considered to be merely an ‘illustrator’. More recently, both have been the subject of prestigious exhibitions and they sell for millions of dollars at auction. This lecture, given by an enthusiastic fan, will explore their lives and work, and the way in which reactions to them have developed over the years.

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