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Agar was born in Buenos Aires and came to England aged six. She studied art at the Slade School in London against her parent's wishes. She then went to Paris for two years where she befriended Picasso, Henry Moore, Man Ray, Evelyn Waugh and Ezra Pound. On her return to London she was claimed by the new Surrealist movement as an important figure. Her work at that time included collage and found objects. Paintings since the 1960s have tended to be more traditional in material, but still full of her love of playing with illusion. This painting was originally titled 'The Dark Wood' and it shows two non-corporeal figures among dark leaves, surrounded by geometrical panels.

September 2004