Agar, Eileen. (6 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 6. Interview 8.8.90. The Island, founded by Leon Underwood (LU), published privately. Great discussion because Eileen Agar's (EA) husband Joseph wanted to invite people like Jean Cocteau and Andre Breton but LU said The Island was chosen as a title to represent England and contributions from the Continent should be excluded. Only 3 issues, copies in Tate. So much dissent, magazine folded. Velona Pilcher disagreed with everyone. VP older and more experienced in certain things. VP wrote dream pieces rather than reality. VP got very ill suddenly and died. Grace Rogers and Sidney Hunt contributors to The Island. EA, woodcut of 'The Bird', in The Island, smaller version of larger painting, and her essay, "Religion and Artistic Imagination". Never worked from her dreams, doesn't remember them. EA husband's grandfather was Jewish, but his mother was not. About Jewish ability to debate in contrast to British who, nowadays, get violent. Jewish people have had to fight. EA on Nelson Mandela. EA's theory about womb magic. Thinks it extraordinary that woman carries the child, called her painting (now in Tate) The Autobiography of an Embryo. Doesn't know how anyone survived childbirth in earlier centuries. Was looking at drawings of early Venus's, twelfth century, early work because thought would give her an idea of how mankind gradually evolved. Signed herself Allegra in The Island. Contribution from Gandhi in The Island. About G in England.
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