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The starting point for this composition was a dried leaf, which Agar had specially preserved within the pages of a book. The ageing leaf may also have suggested the themes evoked in the painting, as described by Agar: ‘The whole watercolour was intended to suggest a symbolic reaper with the flailing movement of the scythe-like concentric forms. The title indeed relates to time, the seasons and especially death the Great Reaper. The dead leaf being the hub of the whole.’

July 2011