Glasgow Children and Scottish Seascapes

I want to highlight a modern Scottish artist,
Joan Eardley (1921-1963).
Her paintings fall into two groups:
street children of Glasgow and
land and seascape paintings of Catterline,
and East coast fishing village.

I would pair her pictures with Charles Dickens, don’t you think?

Children and Chalked Wall 3

Brother and Sister

This is a compelling picture: the proprietary grip,
the arm cradling the milk, the clear eyes amidst the squalor…

Winter Sea IV

Seeded Grasses and Daisies, September

The Seeded Grasses reminded me of this photo, taken by Donna.
Donna at Quiet Life blesses us with beautiful and artistic photos every day.

We watched Visions of Scotland last night, one of those films shot
from a helicopter with minimal narration.  My husband was a skeptic.
Green fields, castles, and lochs abounded, picturesque to the 13th degree.
Of course, Scotland was showing her best side. 
But every country has its shot-nosed ragamuffins, doesn’t it now?


7 thoughts on “Glasgow Children and Scottish Seascapes

  1. I love the Winter Sea IV and the Seeded Grasses and Daisies, a quiet refrained elegance amidst her other more defined Dickensish work. It reminds me of some of the English artists of the fifties and sixties.(bold strong strokes and a stark yet muted pallate) I have seen bits of the North of England in winter look just like Catterline. Thank you for this! blessings and thanks for art Friday! M

  2. Dana, you make me laugh!  And you sound exactly like Curt when I go on about Dickens: “It’s so dismal!  How can you read it?”  However, I see resiliency in the eyes of the children.  Even more, I see connectedness, i.e. the arm around the shoulder and the hand holding.  I read that she painted kids she saw out her window in Glasgow.  Also that she struggled with depression.  I’m always amazed at this time of the year and even deeper into winter at the beauty in the monochrome, muted palate landscapes.  It’s one thing I appreciate about the four seasons: each one has a beauty of its own.

  3. ….that’s why art is so subjective–we all get to see what we want to in each painting. I’m afraid I’m with Dana on these (the children).  But the landscapes are really quite nice and I enjoyed them.

  4. The pictures are lovely even in their oppressiveness. . .
    I do know for a fact that Glasgow has made a huge effort to clean up and improve the squalor of the tenement areas, and the grinding poverty has abated with subsistence and the NHP. So I wonder if the picture of the children is from her memory rather than documenting modern Glasga life?  Like any developed country, there is squalor and such but what I’ve observed in the UK, it’s rather hidden away, ‘below stairs’ as it were! You must search to find it, it’s not the norm.
    The DH and I took little get away breaks form our 3 week romp through the place and found little off the beaten track places which were not what the usual tourist sees and they were such rewarding sights of everyday life, families, occupations, and the people who live their lives there. The only people we encountered who may have been considered destitute were grown men hanging around train stations and cathedrals, looking for the tourist to ask for money. (Advice, lie! When you are hit up, tell them you only have plastic and if they are really in need of food you would be happy to buy them something from the grocers, they usually don’t want it for food. You also have to remember with the NHP medical care is free and with the subsistence for ALL citizens, every man woman and child receives cash form the Queen for support. It’s enough that many live off it with the aid of council, or subsidized, housing.) 

    Isn’t Visions of Scotland great? They’ve done and England and Ireland one as well as 2 on Italy and I heard there is one on Canada. . . .

  5. Well, I just managd to read the dates of the artisit life, I bet they were done in real time then. Art by a modern artist who witnessed Glasgow prior to the ‘big clean up’! Wow!

  6. Ahhh, the Visions DVDs are superb! I use those in my World Studies classes and take the students on a virtual tour to culminate a chapter. We’ve watched France, Italy, and Germany. I must get Scotland and take a weekend trip with my dh! Janie

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