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Eileen Agar

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Eileen Agar, by Eileen Agar, 1927 - NPG 5881 - © estate of Eileen Agar

© estate of Eileen Agar

Eileen Agar

by Eileen Agar
oil on canvas, 1927
30 1/8 in. x 25 1/4 in. (765 mm x 641 mm)
Purchased, 1986
Primary Collection
NPG 5881

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  • Eileen Agar (1899-1991), Painter. Sitter in 4 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.

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  • Eileen Agar (1899-1991), Painter. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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Born in Buenos Aires, Eileen Agar came to Britain as a child. She studied in London and Paris, and in 1934 became a member of the London Group. Her work, which consists of oils, collages, found objects and experimentation with automatic techniques, was selected by Roland Penrose and Herbert Read for inclusion in the International Surrealist exhibition in 1936 and she later exhibited with the Surrealists in New York, Tokyo, Paris and Amsterdam. Painted onto coarse canvas, this self-portrait bears the confidence of youth. Her auburn hair is rendered in impasto and the green of her tunic recurs in the shadows on her face.

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