The Wave
© Estate of Joan Eardley. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2015

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The Wave 1961

On Display Modern Two

  • Scottish Art
This work was painted in Catterline, a village on the East Coast of Scotland where Eardley owned a cottage. It suggests something of the power of the sea, with the wave approaching the shore like a wall of water. The artist has described the circumstances of the painting: ‘It was painted during February 1961 – entirely outside – as is the case with all my sea paintings. It was one of four paintings which I had in progress during a stormy period of weather. I worked on all four together – or rather from one to the other according to the tide’.


  • Acc. No. GMA 791
  • Medium Oil and grit on hardboard
  • Size 121.90 x 188.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased (Gulbenkian UK Trust Fund) 1962