L.S Lowry's most important portrait set for Sotheby's sale

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2015-11-11 15:42:21

A painting by L.S Lowry regarded as his most important portrait is heading to auction at Sotheby's later this month.

Father and Two Sons, painted in 1950, depicts three working-class men plucked from the streets of Lowry's industrial landscape paintings. The trio bears a resemblance to the artist’s two cousins, Billie and Bertie Shephard, and their father W. H. Shepard.

The painting was originally owned by the Stockport-based businessman Monty Bloom, who became one of Lowry's most important patrons as he found fame during the latter part of his career. It was then acquired in 1997 by the highly prolific and influential British art collector Frank Cohen, and will now be offered at Sotheby's with an estimated price of £1.5-£2.5 million.

“I've always championed Modern British art and I passionately believe that Lowry ranks alongside other great painters like Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud," said Cohen.

"I'm not alone in that opinion – I recall being in the Wolseley, London, when I spotted Lucian sitting at his usual corner table. We'd known each other over the years and got talking. One of the questions I posed was ‘who are your favourite artists?’ to which he replied, without hesitation, ‘Auerbach and Lowry’. And Freud knew a thing or two about painting as we all know…

"This is a painting that reminds me of my youth, but I’m now getting on in life so I’m thinking of the future. I've always said that if I was blessed with a grandchild I'd leave it to him or her, but I now have three grandchildren and I can't divide the painting up, so I feel that after nearly 20 years it's the right time to part with it and enable someone else to appreciate it as much as I have.”

The painting will be offered as part of the Sotheby's Modern & Post-War British art sale in London on November 17.

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