The Schoolyard by L.S. Lowry


The Schoolyard


L.S. Lowry

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Like the Post-Impressionists, Lowry was interested in recording the nuances of everyday life, basing his work on observations of the world around him. Inspired by the industrial scenes in his hometown, Lowry would stop and sketch during the day then develop a painting such as The School Yard at home. His direct and distinctive style led art critic Jonathan Jones to call Lowry a ‘modern primitive’ to be ranked alongside such artists as Henri Rousseau. A fan of its stiff consistency, Lowry painted with oil paints all of his life, using the paint straight from the tube. Just as Lowry was fascinated by capturing the quotidian, he was also quite elemental in his choice of materials. "I am a simple man,” Lowry once said. “I use simple materials: Ivory Black, Vermilion, Prussian Blue, Yellow Ochre, Flake White and no medium.” Touches of this choice palette are visible in The School Yard, bringing the scene's realism to life to vivid, yet modest effect.