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Joan Eardley deserves to be ranked alongside Bacon and de Kooning

Claudia Massie on the unjustly neglected artist Joan Eardley, who deserves to be ranked alongside Auerbach, Bacon and de Kooning

17 July 2021

9:00 AM

17 July 2021

9:00 AM

Painting is a fight and few artists demonstrate this more emphatically than the volatile and complicated post-war master, Joan Eardley. Scotland’s great English artist or England’s great Scottish artist, box her as you will, she’s revered north of the border, but often oddly dismissed south of it. The Scottish public have been enthralled by her work for decades, and spoiled in their access to it, with 60 or so pieces in the National Galleries of Scotland collection alone (the Tate has just one).

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Joan Eardley Centenary is at the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, from 30 July to 28 August. Joan Eardley at the Hunterian is at the Hunterian Art Gallery from 30 July to 31 October. Joan Eardley & Catterline is at the Scottish National Galleries of Modern Art from 29 July.

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