Joan Eardley Salmon Net Posts c.1961–62

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Artwork details

Artist
Joan Eardley 1921–1963
Title
Salmon Net Posts
Date c.1961–62
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 1185 x 2175 mm
frame: 1120 x 2190 x 52 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1986
Reference
T04133
Not on display

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Joan Eardley studied at Glasgow School of Art and lived in the city from 1940 to 1961. In 1950 she discovered the small fishing village of Catterline on the east coast of Scotland, and was captivated by the place. She rented cottages there from 1950 to 1961, when Catterline became her permanent home. Fishermen caught crabs and lobster in summer and cod and haddock in winter. There was also a salmon season from February to August when these fish were caught in bag nets. The nets were stretched out to dry on the grass above the high water line of the Catterline shore and Eardley painted them on the spot.

August 2004

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