Joan Eardley RSA (British, 1921-1963) Flowers between Cornfields 102 x 120 cm. (40 3/16 x 47 1/4 in.)
Lot 58AR
Joan Eardley RSA
(British, 1921-1963)
Flowers between Cornfields 102 x 120 cm. (40 3/16 x 47 1/4 in.)
Sold for £81,250 (US$ 107,215) inc. premium

The Scottish Sale

26 Apr 2017, 14:00 BST

Edinburgh

Lot Details
Joan Eardley RSA (British, 1921-1963)
Flowers between Cornfields
signed 'Eardley' (lower left)
oil and grasses on board
102 x 120 cm. (40 3/16 x 47 1/4 in.)

Footnotes

  • Exhibited
    Edinburgh, Aitken Dott, Festival Exhibition, 1964, cat.no.11

    Painted at Catterline in 1960

    Eardley described her working methods thus:
    'When I'm painting in the north east - I hardly ever move out of the village. I hardly ever move from one spot. I find the more I know the place, the more I know the particular spot, the more I find to paint in that particular spot...I very often find I'll take my paints to a certain place that has moved me and I'll begin to paint there and I find perhaps by the end of the summer I haven't moved from that place - my paintings are still there and I've worn a kind of mark in the ground and I leave my paints there overnight and I seem to build up a sort of table and...a studio seems to have arrived outside' (F. Pearson, Joan Eardley, National Galleries of Scotland, 2009, p.55).

    Eardley was particularly attracted to the untended borders between fields, where the wild flowers grew, and the present picture recalls contemporary paintings Summer Fields and Harvest (ibid, pl.60-61). Her mixed media works on board encompass traditional oil paint, boat paint and a natural collage of grasses and seeds collected on the spot. The subject is rendered with a palette knife, and scored with the end of a brush.
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