The Court Gallery

Eileen Agar

(British, 1904–1991)

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Eileen Agar

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Born 1st December in Buenos Aires.
The Agar family moved to Balfour Place, London
1920 - 1921
Horace Kesteven, the music master at Tudor Hall, toook Agar to studio of Charles Sims RA. Summer at Cap d’Antibes. Taught watercolour by William Thornley, who also took her to see the murals by Puvis de Chavannes at the Pantheon and to Rodin’s studio at Meudon. Trip to Argentina for her 21st Birthday celebrations. Attended Leon Underwood’s Brook Green School
1921 - 1924
Attended the Slade part-time.Taught by Professor Henry Tonks. Left home for a flat in Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea and studio in Royal Avenue. Visited Paris, Madrid, Toledo and Seville with Robin Bartlett, fellow student at the Slade.
Destroyed most of her work. November: married Robin Bartlett; they moved to flat in Fernshaw Road, Chelsea; December father died, leaving Agar £1000 per annum. Periods in cottage at Varengeville near Dieppe acquired by Bartlett
Spring met Joseph Bard, began relationship which lasted fifty years. Separation from Bartlett
1927 - 1928
Agar and Joseph Bard took a flat in Fitzroy Square. Winter spent in Portofino. Met Ezra Pound. Agar stayed behind in Rapallo to paint, Bard returned to London. Photographed by Cecil Beaton. Spring: returned to London. Summer holiday: Birling Gap, near Eastbourne; Autumn: moved to Paris, took a flat in Rue Schoelcher
1928 - 1930
Studied painting with Czech Cubist painter, Frantisek Fòlt´yn; visited Brancusi’s studio; met Louis Marcoussis, André Breton and Paul Eluard
Summer spent at Cap Martin. Visited by Evelyn Waugh
Summer: Agar and Bard to Sark to stay with her sister, Winifred and her husband Hugh Mackintosh. Autumn: move to number 47 Bramham Gardens, London. Rodney Thomas designed interiors of studio and flat


Eileen Agar 1899-1991: Paintings and Drawings A Centenary Exhibition, The Redfern Gallery, London (solo)
1999 - 2000
Eileen Agar 1899-1991: A Centenary Exhibition,Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and Leeds City Art Gallery (solo)
El Objecto Surrealista, Ivam Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia
In the Mind’s Eye: Surrealist Works on Paper, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Ten Decades. Careers of Ten Women Artists Born 1897-1906. Norwich Gallery, Norfolk Institute of Art and Design, Norwich
Collages Surréalistes, Galerie Zabriskie, Paris
British Surrealism, Blond Fine Art, London
I surrealisti, Palazzo Reale, Milan
The Surrealist Spirit in England, Whitford and Hughes, London
Retrospective Exhibition, Birch and Conran Gallery, London (solo)