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The Funeral Party

In 1957 the News Chronicle described The Funeral Party as 'a painting with all the love and compassion drained away.' Lowry himself entertained listeners with his explanation that the man on the right is being treated as an outcast for coming to the funeral in boots and a red tie.

The figures in the painting are shown in an undefined space, linked together as group but separated from the rest of the world. It is impossible to tell if they have gathered before or after the funeral or exactly what each person’s relationship is to the other characters depicted.

1953
Oil
76.1 x 102.0cm
1959-644

Where you'll find this

The Lowry
Permanent collection