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Eileen Gray was an artist throughout the Modern Art Movement She mainly worked with furniture and lacquer but started out with painting and drawing when she was young Eileen Gray changed how people view modern furniture and was a very important figure in the Modern Art AgeEileen Gray was the youngest of five children of a wealthy Scottish-Irish family Eileen was born on August 9 1878 in Enniscorthy Ireland During her childhood her family was divided with houses in Ireland and London He father was an amateur artist and he supported Gray in all her art endeavors He took her with him on his art tours to places like Italy and Switzerland He was very encouraging when Eileen applied to Slade School of Art in London When accepted Gray was among the first women to be admitted to Slade When Eileens father died in 1900 she moved to Paris with two friends from Slade and attended Academie Julian and the Ecole Colarossi In Paris Gray spent most of her time traveling from Ireland to London and later returned to London when her mom because ill in 1905 This is when her art career really beganIn London Gray returned to Slade but found drawing and painting unsatisfying When she was walking in Soho she came across a lacquer repair shop which was run by Mr Charles Eileen became mesmerized by the old antiques and asked if she could learn basics of working with lacquer When she returned to Paris in 1906 all she could think about was lacquer and wanted to learn Thanks to Mr Charles he introduced Gray to Sugawara Sugawara came from northern Japan in a village famous for their lacquer work and had agreed to teach Gray She found an apartment where she could work and live and had her mother increase her allowance to be able to afford the rent She learned as much as she could from Sugawara and became the
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