Eileen Agar

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The Autobiography of an Embryo

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Eileen Agar’s oil paint on board artwork was intended as ‘a celebration of life, not only a single one, but life in general.' Shells, fish and bird-like shapes feature throughout the piece, connecting human and animal life. Abstract, classical and ancient imagery appears, suggesting that the piece charts artistic as well as biological development. With its bright colours and familiar images, Agar explained that ‘I wanted to make it into a story as if told to a child, not into a scientific thesis'.
  • Artist Eileen Agar
  • Artwork The Autobiography of an Embryo
  • Material FSC Certified paper and wood
  • Credit Original: Oil paint on board 91.4 × 213 cm Tate. Purchased 1987 © The estate of Eileen Agar
Eileen Agar (1899 – 1991) was a British artist, working across a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, collage and photography. In the 1930s she was part of a community of prominent artists, and a member of the London Group from 1934 onwards. Although she resisted the title, Agar was one of the leading figures of British Surrealism, and one of the few women whose works were exhibited in the seminal London International Surrealist Exhibition, 1936, at the recommendation of fellow artist Paul Nash.
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We aim to deliver custom prints within 1-2 weeks. For international orders, delivery may take 2-4 weeks.

As each print is handmade to order they take a little longer to prepare. We’ll dispatch your order as soon as it is ready, separately from any other items.

UNFRAMED PRINTS DELIVERY CHARGES

UK — £3.60 per order

Europe — £15.00 per order

Rest of world — £28.00 per order

FRAMED & CANVAS PRINTS DELIVERY CHARGES

UK — £7.50 per print

Europe — £20.00 per print

Rest of world — £50.00 per print

We currently offer free standard delivery on all UK orders over £60. Here’s more information on delivery.

REFUNDS & RETURNS

As custom prints are made to order, unfortunately we cannot accept returns if you have changed your mind or made a mistake.

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