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Eileen Agar

Tree of Knowledge

Tree of Knowledge by Eileen Agar

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In the early 1930s, although familiar with many leading Parisian Surrealists, Eileen Agar was also influenced by the clear Cubist structures and acute sense of colour, along with sensitivity to the power of nature, found in the work of Louis Marcoussis. She exhibited in the International Surrealist show in London in 1936. 'Tree of Knowledge' dates from the high period of British Surrealism, being described as:

'a fine, rare, early example of the work of an artist who could write with some justification, "I have spent my life in revolt against convention, trying to bring colour and light and a sense of the mysterious to daily existence." Tree of Knowledge does just that.' (Andrew Lambirth)

Tree of Knowledge
Production date
mixed media on copper and plywood
Size (h x w)
725 x 510 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from the Thanksgiving Foundation
Accession no
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International Art
Display status
On display

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