About this artwork

Eardley’s flower paintings are rare and belong mainly to periods of illness when she was unable to work outside: friends would bring bunches of wild flowers to her studio for her to paint. She made about a dozen such paintings of wildflowers in vases late in life. They are not, as is sometimes said, her very last works, painted when she was confined indoors in the early summer months of 1963. Indeed, Eardley stopped painting when she could no longer see properly, at the beginning of July 1963, and wildflowers like those shown here would not have been in bloom any earlier. For that reason, Flowers probably dates from 1962. This painting shows her experimentation with thick oil paint, exploring texture, movement and colour.

Updated before 2020

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Joan Eardley

Joan Eardley