©Estate of Eileen Agar

Eileen Agar and Surrealism


30 April 2022

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Venue Leeds Art Gallery

Tags Adult, Event, Talk,

Join esteemed art historian Frances Spalding for her talk ‘Eileen Agar and Surrealism’. Eileen Agar expressed surprise when she was invited to exhibit in the first major surrealist exhibition, the International Surrealist Exhibition, held in London in 1936. Yet having previously lived in Paris, she was aware of Surrealism and some of its leading protagonists. It seems that, like Picasso, she selectively incorporated some of their techniques into her work, most notably collage. This talk looks at the new freedoms which Agar explored, as well as the expressive impulses and the poetic transmutation of reality which Surrealism may have encouraged.

Frances Spalding is an art historian, critic and biographer with a specialist interest in twentieth-century British art. She is Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and in 2005 was made a Companion of the British Empire for Services to Literature. Spalding recently completed The Real and the Romantic: English Art Between Two World Wars. The book (to be published 26 May 2022 by Thames & Hudson) includes mention of Eileen Agar and takes a fresh look at the cultural output of English artists in the interwar years.

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Image: Eileen Agar, Dance of Peace, 1945. Collage and gouache n paper. Private Collection © The Estate of Eileen Agar. All Rights Reserved 2022/ Bridgeman Images.

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