About this artwork

This painting depicts part of the coastline at Catterline, the small fishing village south of Aberdeen where Eardley spent much of her time from the early 1950s. It shows three fishing boats pulled up onto the beach, protected from the rough winter seas by the pier, which spans across the composition in the background. With expressive brushwork Eardley has captured the stormy sky and battering waves. She almost never painted figures in Catterline, but here the vertical yellow and brown marks in the centre foreground indicate a fisherman in his waterproofs.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Boats on the Shore
  • date created:
    About 1963
  • materials:
    Oil on hardboard
  • measurements:
    101.60 x 115.60 cm; Framed: 110.70 x 125.00 x 6.00 cm / 26.00 kg
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Scott Hay Collection: presented 1967
  • accession number:
    GMA 1036
  • gallery:
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Joan Eardley

Joan Eardley

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