Agar, Eileen. (7 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 7. Joseph thought G holy. Eileen Agar (EA) on fasting. Henry Moore (HM) contributor to Island. HM a great friend, used to play tennis with him and his wife Irina. Henry was called Harry, changed his name because Henry sounded better. HM saw Irina working as a model at Royal College. Irina's family from Russia. Sir Michael Saddler helped Moore get known. About HM. Naomi Mitcheson also in The Island. Ralph Chubb, homosexual, horrified rest of the group. Did woodcuts of young boys together or little childen. Nevinson also contributed. Father famous journalist, Henry Nevinson. Dinner with Sacheverell Sitwell and his wife. Osbert Sitwell. About Edith Sitwell. 1938 Euston Road School debate realism versus abstraction. Beak Street restaurant debates. For EA abstraction and Surrealism were brother and sister. Ben Nicholson said abstraction is a certain kind of Surrealism. EA didn't like Coldstream's naturalism. Ben Nicholson came to see EA's studio, Barbara Hepworth (BH) wasn't interested. BH very determined. EA didn't know Winifred Nicholson. 1933 joined the London Group. Showed next to John Bratby. Eliott Seabrooke. EA never on LG committee because didn't want to pass judgement on other artists. Ceri Richards (CR). EA knew CR and wife Frances, also Merlyn Evans. David Gascoyne, tall and shy. Before DG met wife he was so depressed that was sent to hospital. Nurse suggested he read poetry aloud.
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