About this artwork

This is a lively depiction of a small but sturdy-looking fishing boat, confidently painted in block-like brushstrokes. The boat is not French, as the title might imply, but is a type of fishing boat once common on the east coast of Scotland. Eardley lived and worked in the village of Catterline, south of Aberdeen, in the later years of her life. The ‘Seine’ of the title is taken from a type of fishing net which was suspended vertically in the water, with floats at the top and weights on the bottom. The painting is believed to date from about 1960.

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  • title: Seine Boat
  • accession number: GMA 3322
  • artist: Joan EardleyEnglish (1921 - 1963)
  • gallery: On Loan
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Fishing industry
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1960
  • measurements: 61.50 x 51.00 cm (framed dimensions: 64.60 x 54.20 x 3.30 cm)
  • credit line: Presented by the George and Isobel Neillands Collection 1988
  • copyright: © Estate of Joan Eardley. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2016
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

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.