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Eileen Agar (1899-1991)

Biography of artist Eileen Agar (1899-1991)

Eileen Agar (1899-1991) was a Surrealist painter in oils, watercolours and acrylic as well as a collagist and object-maker.

Agar was born in Buenos Aires on 1st December 1899. She came to England in 1911 and studied at the Byam Shaw School and later at the Brook Green School and The Slade with Leon Underwood. Agar also studied for two years in Paris when she was introduced to Surrealism.

Agar moved in circles with Ezra Pound, Evelyn Waugh, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Henry Moore and Paul Nash, whom she counted amongst her friends.

Agar had her first one-man show at the Redfern Gallery in 1942 and a retrospective at Birch & Conran in 1988.

There was a centenary show at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and also at the Redfern. The Tate Gallery hold her work, which has in part a strong jokey element.

She was elected a Royal Academician shortly before she died on 17th November 1991.

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Lot FS20/502

Lot FS20/502: Eileen Agar[1899-1991] - Portrait

Eileen Agar[1899-1991] - Portrait - signed AGAR bottom centre watercolour on cut and shaped paper 35.5 x 30cm overall.

Estimate: £600 - £800
Realised: £500