Why has Lowry failed to win over the art establishment?

Jan 17, 2013, 01:55 PM

Almost forty years after his death, Tate Britain is to hold the first major London retrospective of the work of LS Lowry, in June. His paintings of matchstick men and matchstick dogs, depict northern working class life at the beginning of the 20th century. Much loved by some, he has never been a darling of the art world. The curator of the Tate's exhibition, Professor Tim Clark has said he believes Lowry remains the victim of "middle class snobbery" - and the decision to hold the exhibition at all was met with "deadpan incomprehension" in some circles. So what's the problem with Lowry? Michael Simpson is head of galleries at the Lowry Centre in Salford and Estelle Lovatt is an art critic. Ritula Shah began by asking her for an assessment of Lowry as a painter...