Eileen Agar
Angel of Anarchy 1936–40

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Eileen Agar 1899–1991
Angel of Anarchy
Date 1936–40
Medium Plaster, fabric, shells, beads, diamante stones and other materials
Dimensions Object: 520 x 317 x 336 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1983
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1940

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The blindfolded Angel of Anarchy is loosely based on an earlier painted plaster head. Agar stated that with this new work she wanted to create something ‘totally different, more astonishing, powerful ... more malign’. It suggests the foreboding and uncertainty that she felt about the future in the late 1930s. Believing that women are the true Surrealists, Agar wrote: ‘the importance of the unconscious in all forms of Literature and Art establishes the dominance of a feminine type of imagination over the classical and more masculine order.’

July 2008

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