Mommy’s boy Lowry’s matchsticks turn into dynamite

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Mommy’s boy Lowry’s matchsticks turn into dynamite

A new film explores the life of this enigmatic artist and his relationship with his overbearing mother

Alex Preston

When LS Lowry was offered a knighthood in 1968, he turned it down, the last in a (record-breaking) five refusals. On this occasion, he told a reporter that there was no point in honours if his mother wasn’t there to see him receive them.

Lowry’s mother died in 1939, the same year he began to experience the first stirrings of critical and commercial success.

Lowry’s work has become such a central feature of British art history, his expressionist vision of the industrial landscape of the north so ubiquitous, that it’s hard to believe that it wasn’t until he was in his early 50s that he achieved any kind of recognition...

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