The Cruel Tales of Paula Rego
The only female artist in the London Group, Paula Rego set herself apart with her strongly figurative, incisive and singular work. She is obsessed by a literary and cultural vision of the 19th century, both realistic and imaginary (Jane Eyre, Peter Pan, Daumier, Goya, Lewis Carroll, Hogarth, Ensor, Degas), which becomes entangled with strongly autobiographical elements. Her paintings confront established conventions and reveal with great irony traits of the bourgeois society embodied by family, religion, and the State. Drawing her inspiration from the mannequins, dolls, and masks staged in her studio, she transforms and distorts her characters and creates large-format scenes where reality and fiction, dreams and nightmares, merge.
Cécile Debray, Curator and Director of the Musée de l’Orangerie