British artist LS Lowry's paintings of industrial, working-class Britain brought him popular famein the UK. Yet his works have never been the subject of a solo exhibition abroad - until now.
LS Lowry, with his depictions of everyday northern life, is one of Britain's best loved painters.Popular he may be, but since his death in 1976, there have been accusations that the British artestablishment has turned its back on him, finding his subject matter too working class.
There's been public pressure for major galleries to do more to celebrate him and last year theTate Britain put on a Lowry show. But remarkably, for such an icon of modern British art, nosolo exhibition of his work has ever been held outside the UK. Until now. A collection ofLowry paintings is being shown at an exhibition in Nanjing in eastern China
Lowry's canvases depict a side of British life that's now gone. The one above, Mill Scene, from1965, is reminiscent of many of his paintings, with its smoke stacks and hurrying crowds ofworkers.

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