About this artwork

Like all of Eardley’s landscapes and seascapes, this work was painted outdoors. Eardley liked to immerse herself in her subject, and in this work it appears as if the viewer is buried in the grass and looking upwards. The direct connection with the landscape is increased by the inclusion of real grass and seedheads with the paint. These were probably picked from where the artist’s easel was standing and they give the painting a varied texture, combining real and painted imagery. Eardley used collage in many of her later works to heighten their immediacy.

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  • title: Seeded Grasses and Daisies, September
  • accession number: GMA 889
  • artist: Joan EardleyEnglish (1921 - 1963)
  • gallery: Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art (Modern Two)(On Display)
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Collage
  • materials: Oil, grass stalks and seedheads on hardboard
  • date created: 1960
  • measurements: 121.90 x 133.30 cm (framed: 126.70 x 138.80 x 8.00 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased with funds given by an anonymous donor 1964
  • copyright: © Estate of Joan Eardley. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2016

Joan Eardley

Joan Eardley

Born in Sussex, Eardley moved to Glasgow at the outbreak of war. She studied at Glasgow School of Art and at Hospitalfield House under James Cowie. Cowie helped to shape her preference for everyday subjects. In 1949 Eardley rented a studio in the centre of Glasgow, and a few years later moved to Townhead, where the local street children were her preferred subjects. She bought a cottage in the small fishing village of Catterline, south of Aberdeen, in 1954. There, her favourite subjects were the village and sea, particularly in stormy weather. Eardley died of cancer in August 1963. Her ashes were scattered on the beach at Catterline.