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The Cripples (1949)
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Sized: 30 x 40
Date: 1949
Type: OIL


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    This painting marks the beginning of the artist's more satirical, often highly cruel view of his fellows. The Cripples is another example of the artist's "composite" picture-making, gathering in the one deeply disturbing image a cross-section of the afflicted


Lowry's interest in cripples, tramps, drunks, derelicts and other strange and eccentric characters was to deepen from this point onwards. His social commentaries on the working-class ethos of the depression years is now extended into the dimension of pure satire with deformity and general oddity as its target.

Source: L.S. Lowry RA, 1887-1976: [catalogue of an exhibition held at the Royal Academy], 4 September to 14 November [1976]

March 2013: Thanks to David from Stockport we now have more info on the painting: the double amputee on the board to bottom right of the picture is George H Berry, born 1899 in Salford, and known locally as Johnny on Wheels.




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