Eileen Agar(1899-1991), Painter
Sitter in 4 portraits
Artist of 2 portraits
Born in Buenos Aires, Agar moved to London in 1909. From 1924 she went to Leon Underwood's Brook Green School of Art, whose radical approach to life-drawing attracted Henry Moore. She attended the Slade in 1922-6 and married a student, but in 1926 met her second husband, Hungarian writer Joseph Bard. In 1928 she lived in Paris with Bard and met André Breton and other Surrealists. In 1931 she financed and Bard edited The Island, a manifesto of the Underwood School. She was the only British woman part of London’s International Surrealist Exhibition, 1936, showing assemblages Ceremonial Hat (1936) and Angel of Anarchy (1937). She spent summer 1937 with Picasso and Man Ray, later having an affair with Paul Nash.
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