Joan Eardley
Salmon Net Posts c.1961–62

Artwork details

Joan Eardley 1921–1963
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
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1986
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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