Personal papers of and artworks by Eileen Agar

1917–92

collection owner: Eileen Agar, ‘Personal papers of and artworks by Eileen Agar’ 1917–92

Available online are items a range of Eileen Agar's artworks and writings which shed light on her working methods, including her extensive use of found objects, and her involvement in the Surrealist movement. Artworks which have been digitised include sculptures constructed from found objects and preparatory tracings for her series of paintings of rocks at Ploumanach. Several of Agar's writings and notebooks, which provide some insight into her life, working methods, and reflections on art, can also be seen online.

Details of the remainder of the collection can be found on the Archive catalogue.

Collection Owner
Eileen Agar 1899–1991
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
Bequeathed to Tate Archive by Eileen Agar, 1992.
Reference
TGA 9222

239 objects in this collection

Title
Notebooks
Date
1928–98
Description
These notebooks contain notes on a wide range of subjects, including Agar's affair with Paul Nash and notes for her autobiography 'A Look at My Life'. Some also contain suggestions of titles for future paintings and notes of financial transactions, including sales of paintings. Few are dated but the majority appear to have been compiled as Agar was starting work on her autobiography in the late 1980s.
Reference
TGA 9222/2/1