Man in Bleak Landscape

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Theodore Major was born in Wigan in 1908 and died in 1999. He left school at 13 to work in a tailor’s shop, but began to develop an interest in art and decided to attend art school. He lived in Appley Bridge near Wigan in two houses overflowing with works of art. Major was a controversial figure during his lifetime, well known for refusing to sell his work and his anti-establishment views. The hard life of many workers in industrial towns can be seen in the man’s face. The background is probably Wigan, with its smoking factory chimneys and its parish church on a hill. Having spent his life in Wigan, Major knew the area well. His work has often been compared to that of L. S. Lowry, but some think that he gained more insight into human nature.

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Man in Bleak Landscape


oil on board


H 122 x W 160 cm

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