L.S. Lowry's 'Going to the Match' painting expected to sell at auction for up to $4 million

L.S. Lowry’s ‘Going to the Match’ portray anticipated to promote at public sale for as much as $4 million

“‘Going to the Match’ is among the many earliest identified, if not the earliest, depiction of one among L.S. Lowry’s most iconic and timeless topics — that of spectators thronging to a sporting event,” mentioned Sotheby’s in a press release.

Lowry is famend for his photographs of crowds at soccer matches, utilizing his celebrated type of “matchstick” folks towards a monochrome palette backdrop for instance northern England’s chilly and gray.

In 2011, Lowry’s 1949 portray “The Soccer Match” bought for £5.6 million ($9 million), whereas one other work, 1953’s “Soccer Floor” was purchased by the UK’s Skilled Footballers’ Affiliation for £1.9 million ($2.9 million) in 1999.

“Going to the Match” is one among solely a small handful of work by Lowry referring to the game of rugby league, which has a powerful supporter base within the north of England.

In August 1895, 22 golf equipment me to type the Northern Rugby League and break free from the game of rugby union, enabling working class gamers to be compensated for wages misplaced when enjoying.

“The pink flag seen flying by the bottom, in addition to the pink scarves worn by a number of of the group members, hints on the Salford Pink Devils — Lowry’s native crew,” mentioned Sotheby’s.

Exhibited solely as soon as earlier than in 1966, the portray has remained in the identical household assortment since 1972, and can be proven to the general public in New York, Edinburgh and Dublin earlier than being auctioned in London on June 29.

‘Individuals assume crowds are all the identical’

In a dialog with artwork critic Edwin Mullins, in accordance with Sotheby’s, Lowry mentioned, “Individuals assume crowds are all the identical. However they are not, you realize. Everybody’s completely different. Look! That man’s acquired a twitch. He is acquired a limp. He is had an excessive amount of beer. It is fantastic is not it.”

Whereas working as a lease collector, Lowry attended artwork faculty part-time for 13 years.

“Going to the Match” was painted in the identical yr — 1928 — {that a} then 41-year-old Lowry completed his part-time artwork faculty training stint.

“Lowry was the last word onlooker,” mentioned Frances Christie, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s UK & Eire. “In his compositions specializing in sporting topics, it’s the crowd that fascinated him above all else.

“Not solely is that this more likely to be the earliest sports activities associated image Lowry painted, however it’s also one among his very first depictions of a mass of individuals going to and from anyplace.

“On this phenomenal portray, the figures lean ahead in unison, emphasising their frequent objective in being drawn to the rugby posts clearly seen on the left-hand facet of the canvas.

“The pre-match sense of vitality, pleasure and anticipation is palpable and can resonate with any sports activities lover at the moment, nearly 100 years after it was painted.”
Lowry died in 1976 on the age of 88.