Eileen Agar: Dreaming Oneself Awake
Artist(s): Eileen Agar
Author(s): Michael Remy
Year published: 2017
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Total Pages: 240
Illustrations: 104 colour
Born in Buenos Aires in 1899, and reborn in Paris in 1928, Eileen Agar was an artist whose work throughout her long career synthesized elements of the two main art movements of the twentieth century: Cubism and Surrealism. This monograph, the first full account of Agar’s complete works, including paintings, collages, photographs and objects, comes at a time when there is a major revival of interest in Surrealism in the UK and worldwide.
Drawing on personal conversations with the artist as well as original research, Michel Remy examines the life and work of the artist throughout her long career, from her passage through Cubism and abstraction to Surrealism, as well as her dedicated participation in Surrealist activities in England and abroad. Each period is illustrated with many striking images, including rare photographs, and supported by penetrating interpretations. The powerful myth-making drive that underlies Agar’s output is revealed, as well the tenderness, humour, poetry, love of nature and the world, subversion of the laws of reality, and celebration of femininity that suffuses each of her works.
This is a timely, fresh and cogent account of a fascinating woman artist whose quality of work, independence of mind and freedom of imagination refute the assertion that women have not played a major role in the story of Surrealism. The book will appeal to anyone interested in art history and Surrealism.