About this artwork

This painting was exhibited in Edinburgh in April 1961, and judging by the title, ‘Harvest’, it would probably have been painted in the autumn of 1960. Eardley has added grit to the paint surface to give texture and movement to the work and the colours are expressive of the warm hues typical of autumnal crops.

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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.