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Rego draws on well-known sources, including literature, fairy tales, religious stories and cartoons, to give her paintings strong narrative element that draws in the viewer. However, the stories being told are often hard to read as they are subverted to produce an enigmatic, dreamlike atmosphere, influenced by Rego's interest in surrealism. Multiple levels of reference and ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 3rd 2003 by Tate
(first published May 1st 2002)
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In common with many, I find Paula Rego's work intense and disturbing. Therefore, even a comparatively slim, selective survey such as this can be almost overwhelming, taken over a short space of time. I wonder also if the miniaturised reproductions of paintings, prints and drawings do not both diminish the originals - of which I've seen comparatively few - and make them even more impenetrably enigmatic. But this is a good primer, and communicates well Rego's uniqueness and importance in contempor ...more