Chichester, Otter Gallery, University of Chichester, Ingram Loan Exhibition, March – April 2012;
Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: Dreams and Nightmares, 22 May – 15 July 2012;
Chichester, Otter Gallery, University of Chichester, Circles of Influence: British Art 1915-50 – A Diarist’s Perspective, 6 February – 19 April 2016
Eileen Agar was associated with the Surrealist movement. In the 1930s she explored themes of life, death, the passing of time and seasonal cycles. In this dream-like image, The Sower can be seen as a metaphor for the beginning of life, sowing the seeds which will bring forth the crops. The Reaper, 1938, in the collection of the Tate, depicts a highly mechanised and abstracted reaping machine superimposed with a collage of a pressed, dry leaf, the last part of the process and the symbolic end of life.