By: L S Lowry (1887 – 1976)
Created: 1957 , Collection: The Lowry Collection, Salford , Salford, Manchester, UK Rights: CC-BY-SA
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‘People … refuse to believe me when I tell them I saw a man dressed just like that, doing just that, from the top of a bus … It was the umbrella propped against the wall which caught my eye and prompted the picture … The chap was well-dressed and obviously enjoying the smoke and his rest. I couldn’t resist doing him as a subject.’ Lowry has added his own initials on the man’s briefcase.
Lowry is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England in the mid-20th century. He developed a distinctive style of painting and is best known for his urban landscapes peopled with human figures often referred to as “matchstick men”. He painted mysterious unpopulated landscapes, brooding portraits and the unpublished “marionette” works, which were only found after his death.
Lowry rejected five honours during his life, including a knighthood in 1968, and consequently holds the record for the most rejected British honours.
Source: Wikipedia and The Lowry Collection.