Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life, Tate Britain, review

But for the most part, Lowry created pictorial space with lines, not brush
work. He would draw the outlines of buildings with a straight edge and then
colour them in. The ability to give these structures mass and volume or to
surround them with space eluded him. The houses, schools, factories or
hospitals in his pictures are one-dimensional. They look as though they have
no interiors. In a typical picture like Coming from the Mill of 1930
buildings are strictly aligned to the picture plane so that we see them from
head on, like the backdrop of a stage set. The straight lines of their roofs
and walls create a grid of horizontals and verticals against which he
deploys his tiny stylised figures, and since there must be at least 30

Article source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-reviews/10138890/Lowry-and-the-Painting-of-Modern-Life-Tate-Britain-review.html

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