1899 Born in Buenos Aires
1911 Sent to Canford Cliffs, Dorset, to begin her education
1919 Attended the Byam Shaw School of Art
1924 Studied under Leon Underwood at Brook Green School of Art
1925-26 Attended Slade School of Fine Art
1926 Met Joseph Bard
1928-30 Studied in Paris, met and befriended André Breton and Paul Éluard
1934 Became a member of the London Group
1935 Paul Nash introduced Agar to the 'found object'
1936 Exhibited at the International Surrealist Exhibition
1937 Holidayed at Picasso and Dora Maar's home in Mougins; met Lee Miller
1940 Married Joseph Bard
1975 Joseph Bard died
1988 Published her autobiography 'A Look at My Life' with Andrew Lambirth
Elected a Senior Member of the Royal Academy
1991 Died and was buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1933 Bloomsbury Gallery, London
1942 Redfern Gallery, London (Michael Rothenstein)
1947 Leger Galleries, London
1949 Hanover Gallery, London
1951 Hanover Gallery, London
1957 Obelisk Gallery, London
1962 Brook Street Gallery, London
1963 Galleria Billico, Rome
1964 Brook Street Gallery, London (Retrospective)
1971 Commonwealth Art Gallery, London (Retrospective)
1975-84 New Art Centre, London
1987 Birch and Conran Fine Art, London (Retrospective)
1999 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and Leeds City Arts Gallery
2000 Redfern Gallery, 'Centenary Exhibition'
2004 Redfern Gallery, London, 'An Imaginative Playfulness'
2009 The Pallant Gallery, Chichester, 'Eileen Agar: An Eye for Collage'
2017 Jerwood Gallery, 'Eileen Agar: Bride of the Sea'
Redfern Gallery, London 'Dreaming Oneself Awake'

Selected Group Exhibitions

1936 New Burlington Galleries, London, 'International Surrealist Exhibition'
1937 Nippon Salon, Tokyo, ‘Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme'
1940 Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, ‘Surrealist Work: Artists International Association’
1947 Galerie Maeght, Paris, ‘Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme’
1952 New Burlington Galleries, London, ‘The Mirror and The Square’
1961 Museum of Modern Art, New York, ‘The Art of Assemblage’
1969 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, ‘John Moores Exhibition’
1974 Hayward Gallery, London, ‘British Painting 1974’
1979 Hayward Gallery, London, ‘Thirties: British Art and Design Before the War'
1982 Galerie 1900-2000, Paris, ‘Les enfants d’Alice. La peinture surréaliste en Angleterre 1930-1960’
1986 The Mayor Gallery, London, ‘British Surrealism: Fifty Years On’
1990 Galerie Zabriskie, Paris, ‘Collages Surréalistes’
1992 Norwich Gallery, Norfolk Institute of Art and Design, ‘Ten Decades: Careers of Ten Women Artists Born 1897-1906’
1997 IVAM Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, ‘El Objeto Surrealista’
2000 Tate Modern, London, ‘Inaugural Exhibition’
2008 Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, ‘British Surrealism & Other Realities: The Sherwin Collection’
2016-17 Tate Britain, London 'Paul Nash'
2017 White Cube, Bermondsey, London 'Dreamers Awake'


Nash, P. (introduction), 'Eileen Agar and Michael Rothenstein', London: Redfern Gallery, 1942 (ex. cat.)
Read, H. (introduction), 'Eileen Agar. Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings and Collages 1930-64', London: Brook Street Gallery, 1964 (ex. cat.)
Agar, E. (with Andrew Lambirth), 'A Look at my Life', London: Michelin House, 1988
'Eileen Agar 1899-1991', Edinburgh: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 1999 (ex. cat.)
Byatt, A.S., 'Eileen Agar 1899-1991: ‘An Imaginative Playfulness’, London: Redfern Gallery, November 2004– January 2005 (ex. cat.)
Lambirth, A., 'Eileen Agar: An Eye for Collage', Chichester: Pallant House Gallery, 2008 (ex. cat.)
Remy, M., 'Eileen Agar: Dreaming oneself awake', London: Reaktion Books, 2017


Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales
Arts Council Collection, UK
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand
Bassetlaw District Council, Nottinghamshire
Bradford Museums and Galleries
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, New Zealand
Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Derby Museums and Art Gallery
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Government Art Collection, UK
The Hepworth Wakefield
National Galleries of Scotland
National Portrait Gallery, London
National Trust, UK
Plymouth City Council
The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
Royal Academy of Arts, London
Salford Museum and Art Gallery
Southampton City Art Gallery
Tate Britain, London
Tate Modern, London
V&A, London
Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester

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