Head of a Man has been described as 'like a reflection one might catch of oneself after a sleepless night, all healthy vigour drained, leaving only strain, tension, physical discomfort and utter despair.' In Lowry's own words 'I was simply letting off steam. I started a big self-portrait...I thought, 'What's the use of it? I don't want it and no one else will.' I turned it into a grotesque head. I'm glad I did it. I like it better than a self portrait.'


  • Title: Head of a Man
  • Creator: LS Lowry
  • Creator Lifespan: 1st November 1887 - 23rd February 1976
  • Creator Nationality: British
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Glossop
  • Creator Birth Place: Stretford, Manchester
  • Date: 1938 - 1938
  • Physical Dimensions: w41 x h50.7 cms (without frame)
  • Provenance: The Lowry Collection, Salford
  • Type: painting
  • Rights: The Lowry Collection, Salford
  • External Link: The Lowry
  • Medium: Oil paint on canvas

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