Precious Stones

Agar, Eileen

An artist best known as a Surrealist but who also experimented in many different media. A British artist, born in Buenos Aires, Eileen Agar moved with her family to England in 1911. She studied art first at the Byam Shaw School of Art and then spent a year at the Slade School of Art, followed by two years in Paris. During the 1930s Agar became one of the leading exponents of Surrealism. Her work was selected for the International Surrealist Exhibition in London in 1936 and she continued to exhibit her work at Surrealist exhibitions in England and abroad. Agar also experimented with other media: photography, collage and the creation of objects, often constructed from fabric and plaster. The collage Precious Stones was bought with the aid of a contribution from the LACF in 1986, to mark the retirement of George Black as chairman of the Fund.

Agar

Collage

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