...The one and only LS LOWRY and the art palace named in his honour, THE LOWRY!!!
`I'm sure he once walked down our street
'cos he painted kids who had nowt on their, er, feet?
…And he didn't just paint matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs
He painted kids on the corner of the street wearing…fetish gear?
Yes, these wonderful works of LS Lowry's art are currently on display until March at The Lowry gallery, as part of its Invitation To The Ballet exhibition of costumes, programmes and pictures, in collaboration with the Royal Opera House.
The drawings, shown in public for the first time ever, are called `Mannequin With Bows' and date from the late 60s or early 70s. As the panels next to the pictures state, they, ahem, "were probably never intended for exhibition".
The Lowry explains that the mucky pics were "inspired by de Valois' Coppélia" and slobbers… "The girls, in exaggerated tu-tu shaped skirts and tight corseted bodices, are often depicted in high heels as though en pointe"
These three drawings are just a few of the Lowry fetish phase collection which have been hidden for years away from the public eye.
There's a lovely video on The Lowry's website (see here), where the exhibition's curator explains that the master artist was well into ballet and saw many performances…
"The nice thing about this exhibition is that you don't have to be particularly interested in Lowry or an expert in the ballet, there's something for everybody" she says "…and if you're coming with younger members of the family there's opportunities to dress up…"
Er, think we'll pass on that…
`…Now he takes his brush and he waits outside them pearly gates
To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs
And girls without tops…'
Ladies and Gentlemen. The Dirty Old Man Award For Dodgy Girl Depiction
L.S.LOWRY and THE LOWRY galleries!!!