- Eileen Agar
- Woman's Head
- Signed Agar (lower right)
- Brush and ink and collage on velvet silk laid down on canvas
ink on velvet silk
31.7 by 22.2cm.; 12 1/2 by 8 3/4in.
Executed in 1942.
Acquired from the above
Berkeley, University Art Museum, Anxious Visions Surrealist Art, 1990, no. 6
Agar explained her works as conveying “the interpenetration of reason and unreason” by creating connections among seemingly disparate forms. In true Surrealist fashion, Agar reveals a double reality in Woman’s Head by showing the unconscious mind at work on the exterior of the figure. In Woman’s Head the downward swooping lines and yellow pigment used to depict the profile contradict the systematically placed horizontal curvatures extending across the rest of the figure and into the background, demonstrating Agar’s enjoyment in fluidly mutating one shape into another.