Battle of Flowers

EILEEN AGAR RA (1899-1991) Biography
SURREALISM (founded c.1924) Biography

Battle of Flowers (England, 1968)

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Oil on canvas
Signed lower right also signed and inscribed on the canvas overlap, signed and dated twice on the reverse: 1968


76.00cm high
101.50cm wide
(29.92 inches high)
(39.96 inches wide)
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Painted at the height of the Swinging Sixties, Eileen Agar's Battle of Flowers fuses `psychodelia' and flower-power with the avant-garde languages of surrealism and abstraction in a mind-storm of colour, shape and energy.

Born in Buenos Aires of British parents, Eileen Agar came to England in 1906 where she studied at Leon Underwood's school in Hammersmith, under the designer and architect Rodney Thomas and Henry Moore and later under Henry Tonks at the Slade from 1925-26. From 1928-30 she studied art in Paris under the Czech Cubist painter Foltyn and it was from him that she learnt the importance of abstract picture construction, which became the basis of her work. She exhibited at the 1936 International Surrealist Exhibition in London and was the only English woman of the surrealist group who was already a professional artist.