English painter collagist and photographer 1899? b. December 1st. in Buenos Aires into a privileged family. ==1920's== ==1930's== ==1940's== ==Later Life==
1909 Moved to England. One of the schools was at Heathfield Ascot where she was taught art by Lucy Kemp-Welsh ->. 1915 Schooled at Tudor Hall in Kent. 1919 Studied at the Byam Shaw School of Fine Art. 1920 - 1921 Attended Tudor Hall. Horace Kesteven, the music master became a great influence and took Agar to the studio of Charles Sims -> RA. Summer at Cap d'Antibes. Taught watercolour by William Thornley -> who 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. Met Henry Moore. ==1920's== 1921 - 1924 Attended the Slade part-time. Taught by Professor Henry Tonks ->. Left home for a flat in Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea. Visited Paris, Madrid, Toledo and Seville. 1922 appears in Leon Underwood's Venus in Kensington Gardens. He also made at least one sketch of her. 1923 Started going out with Robin Bartlett a fellow student at the Slade. 1924 With Bartlett visits Paris and Madrid and Southern Spain. 1925 - 1926 She attended the Slade School of Fine Art in London. 1925 Destroyed most of her work. Nov. m. Robin Bartlett; and moved to flat in Fernshaw Road, Chelsea; Dec. Her father died, leaving Agar £1,000 per annum. Periods in cottage at Varengeville near Dieppe acquired by Bartlett. 1926 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. Visited Paris. Visited Constantin Brancusi; met Paul Eluard. 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 Feltyn ->. Visited Constantin Brancusi's studio; Met Louis Marcoussis ->, Andre Breton, Paul Eluard and Joan Miro. Introduced into salon of Natalie Barney. 1929 Spring in the Basque country, Summer spent at Cap Martin. Visited by Evelyn Waugh ->. ==1930's== 1930 Returned to London. Summer: Agar and Bard went to Sark to stay with her sister, Winifred and her husband Hugh Mackintosh. Three Symbols.
Autumn: moved to London. Rodney Thomas -> designed interiors of their studio and flat. Met Joan Miro. 1931 Contributed to The Island; edited by Joseph Bard in collaboration with Leon Underwood. Met David Gascoyne 1933 First solo show at Bloomsbury Gallery a seven-year retrospective. Joined the London Group, at suggestion of Henry Moore, who had introduced her to Alexander Calder, and exhibited with them. One of the co-signatories of the group's inaugural declaration, and collaborated on the International Surrealist Bulletin and on the London Bulletin. 1934 Summer at Wittersham, Kent. Visits from A R Orage ->, Henry Moore and Irina Moore. Exhibited with the London Group. Made first collages. 1935 Summer: Bard and Agar took a house at Swanage. Met Paul Nash through Ash0ley Havinden ->. Nash introduced Agar to the idea of the found object. She found a Seashore monster. Painted Quadriga. 1936 Roland Penrose and Herbert Read, chose eight of her works for the International Surrealist Exhibition, July: Agar and Bard travelled to Ploumanach, Brittany. Agar acquired a Rolliflex camera and photographed the stones. Request from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, for loan of Quadriga for Fantastic Art, Dada & Surrrealism exhibition. Affair with Pablo Picasso. Angel of Anarchy
1937 Holidays on The Fal River, Cornwall Max Ernst, Man Ray, Henry Moore, Irina Radetsky, Eileen Agar, Leonora Carrington Paul Eluard, Roland Penrose, Lee Miller, Nusch, Ady Fidelin, Edouard Mesens and Joseph Bard Agar affair with Paul Eluard. In September travelled with Roland Penrose, Lee Miller, Paul Eluard and Nusch, and Paul Nash to Hotel Vaste Horizon in Mougins to join Pablo Picasso and Man Ray. Nov; Surrealist Objects & Poems exhibition at the London Gallery. Agar spent days-off at Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar's home in Mougins, with Paul Eluard and Nusch, Roland Penrose and Lee Miller (who photographed her).
1938 Summer: to Somerset, a period more of travel than work. Sept.: to Knokke in Belgium. Agar took more photographs. 1939 Spring: to Toulon. Agar painted soldiers on the quay and found the amphora base for the Marine Object -> in a fishing net. Exhibited with the London Group. ==1940's== 1940 Feb. 29th. m. Joseph Bard. War disrupted painting. Worked in a canteen in Savile Row until the end of the war. First meetings of the British Surrealists at the Restaurant Barcelona. Exhibited in Surrealism Today at the Zwemmer Gallery, London. Visits from Paul Nash. 1941 Exhibited with the London Group. 1942 Solo exhibition at the Redfern Gallery, London; exhibited with the London Group. (also in 1943 & 1947) Contributed to Arson a magazine by Toni del Renzio. 1944 Visit to Buttermere in Lake District. Agar painted watercolour landscapes. Visit to Edinburgh. Edouard Mesens published poem about Agar in Troisieme Front. 1945 War ended. Visit to Cornwall. 1946 Started painting again but dissatisfied with work. 1947 Contributed to the Surrealist exhibition at the Galerie Maeght, Paris. Travelled with the PEN Club to Stockholm. 1949 Spring; solo exhibition at the Hanover Gallery, written up by Geoffrey Grigson in The Listener. Summer; with PEN Club to Venice. Met Peggy Guggenheim. ==Later Life== 1950 Summer; to Provence with sister Winifred. 1952 - 1953 Winter: to Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife. Began to make watercolours and frottages of the landscape. 1954 - 1957 Winter: visits to Tenerife. 1958? Agar and Bard moved to West House, Melbury Road, Kensington. 1960 Visits to Venice and Cornwall. Joseph Bard unwell. 1962? Joseph Bard ill. 1965 Agar discovered acrylic paints. 1968 Proposal for retrospective exhibition. Began large scale canvases for the exhibition. 1971? Retrospective exhibition at the Commonwealth Institute, London. 1975? July 26: death of Joseph Bard. 1981? Exhibition of recent work at the New Art Centre. 1985? Began a series of paintings based on photographs of Ploumanach, Brittany taken 50 years before. Writes her Autobiography. Photographed by Lord Snowden modelling clothes by Issey Miyake. 1987? Moved from Westbury House. 1988? Autobiography A Look at my Life published. 1989 Appeared in Channel Four TV documentary Five Women Artists. 1990? Elected Academician of the Royal Academy, London. 1999? First met Desmond Morris who opens his Lifes of the Surrealists ~> with a brief biography of her. 1991? d. November 17th. London. I have spent my life in revolt against convention, trying to bring colour and light and a sense of the mysterious to daily existance. Bibliography A Look at my Life Eileen Agar + Andrew Lambirth (1988). See work -> and
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