Agathe Sorel Biography

Agathe Sorel




Agathe Sorel, painter, printmaker and sculptor, was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1935. She studied stage design, murals, frescoes and mosaic at Budapest’s Academy of Applied Art between 1949 and 1955. She immigrated to England in 1956 and studied printmaking at Camberwell School of Art in London. Sorel won a Gulbenkian Scholarship and moved to Paris for two years studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, the Sorbonne and Stanley William Hayter’s experimental workshop Atelier 17.

In 1960 she returned to England, set up a print workshop in Fulham, and began teaching in Camberwell and Maidstone Colleges. Along with Michael Rothenstein, Julian Trevelyan, and Anthony Gross she formed the Printmaker's Council, and in 1966-67 she was awarded a Churchill fellowship to work in the United States and Mexico.

Sorel's work has been included in numerous solo exhibitions and a retrospective of her work was mounted at the Bradford Museum Cartwright Hall and her work is represented in the Tale Gallery, Victoria and Alberta Museum, British Museum, Ashmolean Museum, New York Public Library, Library of Congress, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Art Institute of Chicago, Stedelijk Museum, Coppenhagen Museum, and the Bibliotheque National de France.