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EILEEN AGAR, R.A. (1899–1991)

EILEEN AGAR, R.A. (1899–1991)
The football field at Puerto, Tenerife
signed AGAR (lower left)
ink, watercolour and pastel, unframed
16 x 21.5 cm (6 1/4 x 8 1/4 in)
Executed in 1956


'The Canary Isles themselves – the Fortunate Isles of myths and legends – fascinated her [Agar] in not only the harsh, surreal, empty expanses of sand, dry stones and tufa in the south of Tenerife, but also the lush vegetation to the north of the island. Surreal shapes of plants and trees recalled Hieronymous Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights and she later incorporated these new images into her paintings. The jewel- like small studies that she made in Tenerife testify to a new-found sense of delicacy and gaiety in the handling of watercolour.'

Allen Freer (from personal notes provided by the family)

For other works relating to the same subject matter, please see lots: 69, 70, 72 and 77

Sold for £812

Includes Buyer's Premium


Condition report

Ink, watercolour and pastel, unframed and mounted. The image is taped to a backboard: 20.3 x 28 cm (8 x 11 in), which is then taped at the upper corners to the larger mount 56 x 40.5 cm (22 x 16 in). There are minor handling marks to the edges and corners and a slight relaxed crease to the lower right quadrant, only visible on close inspection. Otherwise, the image is in excellent overall condition with wonderfully vibrant colours.

 

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