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Eileen Agar

(1899-1991), Painter

Sitter in 6 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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Eileen Agar, by Eileen Agar - NPG 5881

Eileen Agar

by Eileen Agar
oil on canvas, 1927
On display in Room 29 on Floor 1 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5881

Eileen Agar, by Lee Miller - NPG P1073

Eileen Agar

by Lee Miller
modern archival-toned gelatin silver print from original negative, 1937
NPG P1073

'Work in Progress',  - NPG 7145

'Work in Progress'

acrylic on paper collaged on panels, 2021-2022
On display in Room 33 on Floor 0 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7145

Eileen Agar, by Tim Mercer - NPG x201512

Eileen Agar

by Tim Mercer
chromogenic print, 1980s
NPG x201512

Eileen Agar, by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies - NPG x29869

Eileen Agar

by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies
bromide fibre print, September 1987
NPG x29869

Eileen Agar, by Trevor Leighton - NPG x32781

Eileen Agar

by Trevor Leighton
bromide print, 18 October 1988
NPG x32781


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