Joan Eardley

Shipbuilder's Street

  • Oil on canvas
  • 37 x 13.5 ins

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Provenance:
Colonel Robert Henriques, 1954
Christie's Scotland, 26 October 2000, lot 216
Private Collection, Canada


Exhibited:
Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy, 1954, no. 293
London, Parsons Gallery, Exhibition of Paintings by Six Young Artists, February 1954, no. 5 or 6
Glasgow, Scottish Arts Council, Joan Eardley, May 1975, no. 32
Edinburgh, The Scottish Gallery, Joan Eardley, 3 - 27 April 2013, no. 5
London, Portland Gallery, Joan Eardley, 1-17 May 2013, no. 5

Literature:
Cordelia Oliver, Joan Eardley RSA: A Biography, Mainstream Publishing Company (Edinburgh) Ltd, 1988, (ill. p.40)


"The technique in which squarish slabs of pigment could be articulated and given form by forceful dark lines was developed in paintings like Shipbuilder's Street, a tall, narrow canvas of street kids playing against a background of shipbuilding activity. Patches of rust-red stabbed by brighter scarlet, yellow and cerulean blue stand for the children playing on the pavement, with a pale grey hull, high on the stocks behind them, against a dun-coloured sky."

Cordelia Oliver, Joan Eardley RSA: A Biography, Mainstream Publishing Company (Edinburgh) Ltd, 1988, p.39