Born in Portugal in 1935, Rego attended a finishing school in England before enrolling at the Slade School of Fine Art, where she had a passionate but tumultuous affair with her married tutor Victor Willing. They would go on to have three children together, as well as countless adulterous affairs and an increasingly fractious relationship.
Her image-making is equally fragmented. Rego explored abstraction throughout the 60s, expanding her spectrum to include cartoonish creatures and characters executed as cut-out forms. Satirical political and personal references were subtly interwoven, too. By the late 80s her style had shifted towards figuration. She explored stage-like landscapes and domestic interiors, as well as the possibilities of pastel, volume, shading and light. It was around that time that she began to bestow upon her characters a sense of introspection and self-awareness that revolutionised the way in which women, in particular, were represented.
Over the course of her prolific career, Rego has drawn on a broad range of references, from comic strips to history painting. This lifetime-spanning survey features over 100 works that chart the artist’s trajectory, highlighting, according to Tate, ‘the personal nature of much of her work and the socio-political context in which it is rooted’.
It includes everything from early work dating from the 50s to large pastels and richly layered, staged scenes from the acclaimed Dog Women and Abortion series. The largest and most comprehensive retrospective of her work to date is set to offer a long-overdue insight into Rego’s rich and powerful imagination
|What||Paula Rego exhibition, Tate Britain|
|Where||Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Pimlico (underground)|
16 Jun 21 – 24 Oct 21, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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