1 of 4 portraits of Eileen Agar
by Eileen Agar
oil on canvas, 1927
30 1/8 in. x 25 1/4 in. (765 mm x 641 mm)
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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.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Cooper, John, A Guide to the National Portrait Gallery, 2009, p. 52
- Rideal, Liz, Mirror Mirror: Self-portraits by Women Artists, 2001 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 12 September 2001 to 20 January 2002), p. 63
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 5
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Mirror Mirror: Self-portraits by women artists (12 September 2001 - 20 January 2002)
Events of 1927back to top
Current affairsThe United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland is renamed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, acknowledging the full independence of the Irish Free State, led at the time by W.T. Cosgrave, the the first President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State.
Art and scienceThe BBC gains its Royal Charter making it a public corporation and a public service broadcaster accountable to its audience. John Reith became the first Director General with the directive to 'inform, educate and entertain.'
InternationalStalin expels Leon Trotsky from the Soviet Communist Party, giving himself greater control of the party and country by ousting opposition elements.
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