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Lowry, L S - Going to the Match

Identifier

015416

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

1953 Football Ground — fans converging on Bolton Wanderers's old football ground Burnden Park; painted for a competition run by the Football Association, it was later renamed Going to the Match and was bought by the Professional Footballers' Association for a record £1.9 million in 1999.

Lowry:

  • "I wanted to paint myself into what absorbed me [...] Natural figures would have broken the spell of it, so I made my figures half unreal. Some critics have said that I turned my figures into puppets, as if my aim were to hint at the hard economic necessities that drove them. To say the truth, I was not thinking very much about the people. I did not care for them in the way a social reformer does. They are part of a private beauty that haunted me. I loved them and the houses in the same way: as part of a vision.

A description of the experience

The source of the experience

Lowry, L S

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Doll
Puppet

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Difficult birth
Psychological trauma

Commonsteps

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