in agosto 1895, 22 clubs me to form the Northern Rugby League and break away from the sport of rugby union, enabling working class players to be compensated for wages lost when playing.
“The red flag seen flying by the ground, as well as the red scarves worn by several of the crowd members, hints at the Salford Red Devils — Lowry’s local team,” said Sotheby’s.
Exhibited only once before in 1966, the painting has remained in the same family collection since 1972, and will be shown to the public in New York, Edinburgh and Dublin before being auctioned in London on June 29.
‘People think crowds are all the same’
In a conversation with art critic Edwin Mullins, according to Sotheby’s, Lowry said, “People think crowds are all the same. But they’re not, sai. Everyone’s different. Guarda! That man’s got a twitch. He’s got a limp. He’s had too much beer. It’s wonderful isn’t it.”
While working as a rent collector, Lowry attended art school part-time for 13 anni.
“Going to the Match” was painted in the same year — 1928 — that a then 41-year-old Lowry finished his part-time art school education stint.
“Lowry was the ultimate onlooker,” said Frances Christie, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s UK & Irlanda. “In his compositions focusing on sporting subjects, it is the crowd that fascinated him above all else.
“Not only is this likely to be the earliest sports related picture Lowry painted, but it is also one of his very first depictions of a mass of people going to and from anywhere.
“In this phenomenal painting, the figures lean forward in unison, emphasising their common purpose in being drawn to the rugby posts clearly visible on the left-hand side of the canvas.
“The pre-match sense of energy, excitement and anticipation is palpable and will resonate with any sports lover today, quasi 100 years after it was painted.”
Lowry died in 1976 all'età di 88.