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Eileen Agar in new Surrealism exhibition at Dulwich

February 25, 2020
The work of Eileen Agar RA is on show at Dulwich Picture Gallery as part of British Surrealism: 1783-1952the first major exhibition to explore the origins of Surrealist art in Britain.

The only British female artist whose work was selected for the seminal International Surrealist Exhibition in London, 1936, Agar continued to make paintings, sculpture and collages using Surrealist themes throughout her career. She was recognised as a major figure in the birth of Surrealism in Britain, and the critic Herbert Read described her work as "symbols, not so much of a vast unknown but intimate emotional experiences". 

Among the works on show at Dulwich is Guardian of Memories, painted in 1938, and on loan from the Government Art Collection. The exhibiton features work by 42 artists, including Francis Bacon, Leonora Carrington and Henry Moore, and runs from 26 February to 17 May 2020.

Agar's first solo show at The Redfern Gallery was held in 1942, and the Redfern continues to represent her estate.