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The Grey Sea

© The Estate of L.S. Lowry. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2020. Photo credit: Lakeland Arts Trust

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L. S. Lowry had a lifelong fascination with the sea. Whilst many of his early seascapes are holiday reminiscences, the empty seascapes of the 1950s and 1960s reflect a more introspective approach. He visited Sunderland many times and this is where he got the inspiration for some of his paintings.

Although this picture is very different in appearance to his typical street scenes, they both convey a strong sense of loneliness and isolation which was very much a part of Lowry's character.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 75 x W 100.5 cm

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on long-term loan from a private collection

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Abbot Hall Art Gallery

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