Joan Eardley

ISBN: 9781848221147
Artist(s): Joan Eardley
Author(s): Christopher Andreae
Format: hardback
Year published: 2013
Publisher: Lund Humphries
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 198
Illustrations: Includes 176 colour and 15 b&w illustrations wih a colour fold-out

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Joan Eardley is considered to be one of the most influential Scottish painters of her generation. Her paintings and drawings reflect urban and rural Scotland in an expressive visual language unlike any other artist’s. This new, highy illustrated survey of her painting does renewed justice to the range, scale and power of her work.

Her wild winter seascapes were painted out-of-doors on the shore or cliff top of Catterline, a small east-coast fishing village south of Aberdeen. Eardley loved the light, weather and seasonal changes of this rugged coastline. She counterbalanced her direct confrontation with the sea by immersing herself in the deep summer grasses of the surrounding fields.

In this new book about Eardley, Christopher Andreae provides a fresh assessment of her work and its relative Scottishness or universality. He relates her art to the work of contemporaries such as Josef Herman, to inspired teachers such as Hugh Adam Crawford, and considers the impact of Renaissance art, of 20th-century European Expressionism and modern American art. The author also looks at her relationships, quotes from letters previously embargoed, and discusses published and unpublished assessments of her work both during her life and posthumously.

Published in the 50th anniversary year of Eardley’s death to coincide with exhibitions at the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh and Portland Gallery, London.

The new book includes many previously unpublished works held in private collections.


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