One of the most important Collection of Works by L.S. Lowry is to be auctioned by Sotheby’s. A stand-alone evening sale of 15 paintings by the artists will take place at 6pm on 25th March 2014. The A.J. Thompson Collection, estimated to fetch in excess of £15 million, includes well-known masterpieces that have previously been exhibited in the Tate’s highly acclaimed retrospective in 2013, amongst many other museum shows.
A.J. Thompson only collected artworks by Lowry and no other artists – bought his first painting by the artist at Sotheby’s in 1982. His focus and extraordinary eye for the best compositions by Lowry enabled him, over the course of three decades, to put together one of the greatest collection of the artist’s work in recent history. Encompassing some of the artist’s most iconic works – including the only two paintings of Piccadilly Circus that the artist produced, one of which stands as the highest priced work by the artist at auction* – the collection also reveals Thompson’s insight and rare instinct as a collector for this well-known but often misunderstood artist.
Frances Christie, Sotheby’s Head of Modern & Post-War British Art Department comments, “It is a great honour to offer such a supreme group of paintings by L.S. Lowry. Thompson was a collector who truly understood Lowry’s vision and he had a real instinct to hone in on the very best examples of the artist’s work. As such there is a remarkable consistency of quality throughout the collection, which encompasses the very broad range of themes and subjects that Lowry explored so deftly.”
Speaking about L.S. Lowry, Frances Christie comments, “The recent major exhibition at Tate curated by T.J. Clark and Anne Wagner, Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life, helped to reposition the artist within a much wider artistic context, dispelling popular assumptions that he only depicted a very simplified view of England. In fact, he was a fantastically accomplished artist who turned his remarkable skills of observation and representation to creating some of the most complex and visually compelling images of modern life painted in the 20th Century. His work captured a fast-disappearing way of life in Britain, one that is more familiar in some of the world’s emerging economies today.”