Agar, Eileen. (2 of 8). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    1990-04-18 and 1990-05-08 and 1990-06-01 and 1990-08-08

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    Interviewee's home, United Kingdom

  • Interviewees

    Agar, Eileen, 1899-1991 (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy, 1954-, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 2. Very fond of parents. Learned about sex from first boyfriend. Family known at Hyde Park Hotel and well treated. Games on voyage. Description of dinner given for Surrealists during the war. Meals made by Italian cook who used to stir soup and curse Mussolini. Wayzy Goose. Surrealists meetings in Beak Street. George Melly. Eileen Agar (EA) becomes RA. For EA Surrealist meant the element of surprise. Max Ernst and Breton. Breton's wife good painter but women not thought of as artists. EA astonished to be in Surrealist1936 exhibition. EA's 'Quadriga', chosen for 1936 exhibition based on head of Silene in Parthenon. Breton's wife hid her work in a cupboard. Paul Nash, Roland Penrose and Herbert Read selecting work for 1936 exhibition. Miro, Dali. EA hadn't thought of herself as a Surrealist until Penrose and Read labelled her. Friendship with Henry Moore. EA thinks English character very lyrical and poetic, French more cruel. EA lived in Paris for 2 years, met Eluard.

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    Eileen Agar interviewed by Cathy Courtney: full transcript of the interview

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