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    Sale 5389

    20th Century British Art

    16 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 94

    Eileen Agar (1904-1991)

    Acolytes

    Price Realised  

    Eileen Agar (1904-1991)
    Acolytes
    signed 'AGAR' (lower right), signed again 'AGAR' (on the canvas-overlap), signed again and dated 'AGAR/1966' (on the backboard)
    oil and pencil on canvas
    24 x 18 in. (60.9 x 45.7 cm.)


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    Acolytes is based on a rather usual motif in Eileen Agar's pictures: the symmetrical presence of two figures engaged in some sort of enigmatic, wordless conversation. The title points to this duo of personages both similar and dissimilar, linked by the geometrical organicity of the shapes that form them, the winding lines emphasizing the construction at work. Both are equally engaged in a silent ritual - looking at each other's process of accretion.

    M.R.

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    Provenance

    Gifted directly by the artist to the present owner.