Eileen Agar

Fish Circus

About this artwork

This work is thought to have been made in the autumn of 1939, after Agar and her husband had spent their summer holiday near Toulon on the Mediterranean coast. Agar had been an avid beachcomber since 1930, composing works from the flotsam and jetsam washed up on the shore. The collage features a real starfish, pinned on with a thumbtack, together with collaged and drawn elements. The starfish is the pivot of the composition, its shape providing the perfect link between the geometric and organic elements of the collage.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Fish Circus
  • date created:
    1939
  • materials:
    Collage, pen and ink and watercolour on paper
  • measurements:
    21.00 x 26.00 cm; paper size: 25.50 x 30.50 cm (framed: 54.30 x 67.00 x 3.20 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995
  • accession number:
    GMA 3938
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Eileen Agar

Eileen Agar

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