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Fish Circus 1939

Not on display

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.

Glossary Open


An image constructed from found materials, such as photographs, paper or fabric, glued to a surface, sometimes with additional painted or drawn elements. It is an art form particularly associated with Dada and Surrealism.


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Collage, Composition


  • Acc. No. GMA 3938
  • Medium Collage, pen and ink and watercolour on paper
  • Size 21.00 x 26.00 cm (laid on paper 25.50 x 30.50 cm)
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995