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Eileen Agar

Eileen Agar was born in Buenos Aires in 1899, and moved to London with her parents in 1911. She studied art in London and in Paris, where she met the Surrealists and formed significant friendships with André Breton and Paul Éluard. Agar was a member of the London group from 1933,  and was selected by Roland Penrose and Herbert Read for the 1936 International Surrealist Exhibition in London. She had a relationship with Paul Nash who introduced her to the idea of the 'found object'; she later married the poet Joseph Bard. Agar was a painter who experimented with collage, assemblage, and photography. She had numerous exhibitions in Britain and abroad and is represented in the Tate collection. She died in London in 1991.

A major retrospective of her work, Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy, was held in 2021 at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. England & Co were pleased to arrange the loan of Portrait of the the Artist's Mother, which it had sold some years before.


Portrait of the Artist's Mother - Details

Portrait of the Artist's Mother c 1940s
30 x 25 inches

Private collection