Agar, Eileen. (4 of 8). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives
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1990-04-18 and 1990-05-08 and 1990-06-01 and 1990-08-08
Interviewee's home, United Kingdom
Agar, Eileen, 1899-1991 (speaker, female)
Courtney, Cathy, 1954-, (speaker, female)
Part 4. Byam Shaw. Rex Vicat Cole good teacher. Learning French from three Ozanne sisters. Would draw in silence sitting on donkeys, every hour ten minutes break. Fancy dress dance at Underwood's. Eileen Agar (EA) was mad about dancing. Was fond of Rodney Thomas and always stayed in touch with him. Description Gertrude Hermes (GH). Preferred GH's work to her husband's, Blair Hughes-Stanton. GH poor to start with but made a lot of money through her work, popular and much loved. AE did one or two wood engravings at art school but preferred painting. EA managed to keep herself by selling paintings. Tate considering buying The Bird. EA's opinion of Gilbert and George, Maggi Hambling and Peter Fuller's Modern Painters. Interview continues June 1 1990 EA's comments on Marinetti's Futurist Cookbook . About early paintings. Never good at commissioned work. About portrait of cook in terms of teaching at the Slade. EA working in oils until 1965 when began to use acrylic. Colours brighter in acrylic and can make glazes which difficult to do in oil. In Austria with husband Joseph doing watercolours. Lake District during bombing, then went again almost every autumn. Landscape painting taught her to look at things as they are. Had always done watercolours since childhood, copying fairy stories etc. In Paris, taught by Czech painter, (Foltyn) very abstract. He explained Cubism to EA; she couldn't understand Bracque and Picasso's Cubism.
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