About this artwork

Catterline on the east coast of Scotland became both home and primary subject for Joan Eardley during the last decade of her life. She depicted the village in all seasons and weathers, working outdoors as much as possible, which gave her a deep connection with the landscape she painted. Despite being covered with snow and under a grey sky, Eardley’s depiction of the village is enlivened by dashes of colour. Crops can be seen poking through the snow, a cottage is brightened by a red chimney, and in the distance an orange sun hangs above the horizon.

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  • title: Snow
  • accession number: GMA 4674
  • artist: Joan EardleyEnglish (1921 - 1963)
  • gallery: Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art Two(In Storage)
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Cottages
  • medium: Oil on board
  • date created: About 1958
  • measurements: 101.50 x 113.50 cm (framed dimensions: 101.00 x 113.20 x 2.20 cm)
  • credit line: Bequeathed by Mr David Burns 2003
  • 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.