London, South Kensington
8 July 2009
EILEEN AGAR (SCOTTISH, 1899-1991)
signed 'AGAR' (lower right) and inscribed and dated '"Euclid Alone/1942"' (on the reverse)
watercolour, ink and photo collage
8½ x 10½ in. (21.5 x 26.7 cm.)
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Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Eileen Agar, 1899-1991, 18 December 1999 - 27 February 2000, no. 67.
London, The Redfern Gallery, Eileen Agar - A Centenary Exhibition, September 2006.
Euclid (fl.300 BC) was an ancient Greek mathematician and is referred to as the Father of Geometry. Agar's composition could be viewed as an exploratory work examining the possibilities of laying 'bare' the components of her art - the pared down line, intersecting shapes, textured photo-collage layer and use of predominantly primary colours are the set of axioms or elements she deploys to achieve visual harmony or Beauty. The present work dates from 1942, the year of her solo exhibition at the Redfern Gallery, London.
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