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Christie’s Presents L.S. Lowry’s Iconic Masterpiece ‘Going To The Match’

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 settembre 2022

LONDON – Christie’s will offer L.S. Lowry’s iconic painting, Going to the Match (1953, estimate: £5,000,000-8,000,000) as the leading highlight of the Modern British & Irish Art Evening Sale on 19 October 2022. The work is being offered by The Players Foundation (registered in England and Wales with charity number 1150458) who will use proceeds from the sale to continue its charitable work in, amongst other things, assisting those with dementia and relieving poverty amongst current or former professional players, having acquired the painting in 1999. Going to the Match is a poignant combination of two of the most enduring subjects of Lowry’s oeuvre: the post-industrial landscape of Northern England and the central role that football and other sporting events played there. Going to the Match is the largest example from a group of paintings that Lowry made dedicated to the theme of sport in the industrial cities of northern England, which depict the working man at play. Going to the Match also captures the universal appeal and allure of the beautiful game of football itself. The work is a picture of a vast, urban scene taken over by the collective movement of a large crowd congregating, seemingly arriving from all directions of the city upon a single point: the structure of a football stadium. The pitch, the site of the football match itself and the event responsible for drawing such a crowd, remains unseen. Such absence captures the tension and anticipation of the main event, and is typical of Lowry’s work.Lowry believed that crowds of people, with their individual characteristics, created unique patterns. These rhythms, he felt, revealed much about that person and their purpose for being present within the scene. This lifelong pursuit to capture what he described as the ‘battle of life’ continues to enthral audiences internationally. Having previously been on long-term loan to The Lowry in Salford, Manchester, Going to the Match will be unveiled in Christie’s Dubai office from 15 to 24 September 2022 before being exhibited in London from 15 to 19 October, ahead of its auction.


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