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Joan Eardley Centenary

30 July 2021 - 28 August 2021

Joan Eardley Centenary

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Jetty with Crane, c.1950-55

pastel on paper
H:20.2cm W:25.2cm
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Woman Knitting, c.1948

chalk on paper
H:69cm W:52cm
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Old Woman, c.1948

pastel on paper
H:18cm W:13cm
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Martin, c.1957

pastel on paper
H:17.78cm W:15.24cm
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Girl with a Poke of Chips, c.1960-63

oil on canvas with newspaper
H:68cm W:50cm
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Glasgow Corner Shop, c.1955-60

pastel on paper
H:25.5cm W:24.5cm
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The Striped Cardigan, 1962

pastel on glass paper
H:26cm W:24cm
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The Coal Cart, c.1955-60

pastel on paper
H:10cm W:13cm
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Group of Figures, c.1955-60

pastel on paper
H:9cm W:12.5cm
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Tenement, c.1950

pastel on three sheets of paper
H:23cm W:16.5cm
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Head of a Boy, c.1950-55

pastel and watercolour
H:25cm W:19cm
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Girl and Chalked Wall, c.1959-62

gouache
H:46.5cm W:28.5cm
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Red Sandstone Gable End, c.1958-60

pastel on paper
H:10cm W:12.5cm
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Tenement Corner, Townhead, c.1958-60

pastel on paper
H:12.5cm W:10cm
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Tenements in the Snow, 1953

oil on board
H:23cm W:29cm
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Boy in Brown Jersey, c.1950-55

pastel on paper
H:16.5cm W:11cm
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Boy, c.1950-55

pastel on paper
H:17cm W:10cm
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Girl in Yellow Holding Baby, c.1959-63

pastel on paper
H:62.5cm W:41.5cm
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One of the Samsons, c.1955

pastel on paper
H:28cm W:30.5cm
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Boy with Elastic Band, 1962

pastel on paper
H:27.5cm W:22cm
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Ripening Barley, c.1960-62

gouache
H:43cm W:35.5cm
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Hedgerow, c.1961-62

gouache on tinted paper
H:37cm W:45cm
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Barley Field, c.1961-62

pastel on paper
H:22cm W:21cm
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Storm over the Sea, Catterline, c.1961-63

pastel on paper
H:25.2cm W:20.1cm
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Beehives, c.1958-62

watercolour and pastel
H:15.8cm W:23.3cm
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Corn Stooks, near Catterline, c.1958-62

pastel on paper
H:27cm W:37.5cm
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Tree and Haystacks, Sunset, c.1957-60

oil on board
H:30cm W:22cm
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Catterline Landscape, 1962

oil on board
H:94cm W:104cm
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Cottages, Catterline, 1961

oil on board
H:25.5cm W:26.5cm
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Winter Sea, c.1961

oil, sand and gesso on board
H:26.5cm W:29.75cm
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Seascape, c.1961

oil on board with newspaper
H:38cm W:35cm
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Grey Beach and Sky, 1962

oil on board
H:56cm W:107.5cm
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Jar of Summer Flowers, 1963

oil on canvas
H:76cm W:56cm
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Sunset Landscape, 1963

oil on canvas
H:35.5cm W:30.5cm
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Farm Steading

pastel on paper
H:10.5cm W:16.5cm
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Andy, c.1957

pastel on paper
H:18cm W:15cm
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Tea Lady

pastel on paper
H:18cm W:14cm
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Joan Eardley in Catterline, 1961

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Born: 1921
Place of Birth: Sussex
Died: 1963

There is an enduring fascination for Joan Eardley far beyond her unconventional life and early death at the age of forty-two. Born in 1921 in Sussex, Joan Eardley’s family moved to Scotland in 1939 and a year later she joined the Glasgow School of Art. She found subjects in the shipyards of Clydebank and the slums of Townhead, at first the run-down tenements and buildings and later the children and streetlife around Rottenrow where the character of the people and the place became the vital subject of her work. Her art education was finished with scholarship visits to Paris and the cities of Renaissance Italy and back in Scotland she ventured with her art school friends to Arran and back to the south of France. By the fifties, Joan Eardley divided her life between her studio in Townhead and the fishing village of Catterline, a place she had discovered in the North East of Scotland. Eardley felt at ease in these two contrasting localities and over the succeeding decade, as if by accident, she created an epic vision of the world from no more than two streets and one small fishing hamlet. The slums of Townhead are no more, the harsh realities memorialised by the honesty of her vision, the spirit of the people invested in its children captured, enduring like no other example in the history of art. Catterline remains unchanged and the village is inevitably a place of pilgrimage for the thousands who admire the artist’s deep-felt engagement with nature on the Kincardineshire coast. The Scottish Gallery held its first Joan Eardley exhibition in 1961 and later her memorial in 1964.


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