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Paula Rego

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An absorbing and insightful, book capturing the full and striking breadth of Rego's work

Radical and uncompromising, Paula Rego is an artist of extraordinary imaginative power. Over the course of sixty years, Rego has redefined figurative art, and revolutionised the representation of women and their experience. This essential book captures the full and striking breadth of Rego's work, from early collage, to large-scale pastels of complex scenes staged in her studio.

Featuring over 100 illustrations, including collage, paintings, largescale pastels, ink and pencil drawings, etchings and sculpture, including early work from the 1950s in which Rego first explored personal as well as social struggle, her large pastels of single figures from the acclaimed Dog Women and Abortion series and her richly layered, staged scenes from the 2000-10s.

A range of texts explores themes relating to the artist's childhood memories and everyday life, the experience of love and the loss of the beloved. It also addresses broader socio-political issues, such as the policing of women's bodies, the struggle to legalise abortion, and the fight against authoritarianism and war, from the dictatorship in Portugal to the Iraq War.


  • Author: Elena Crippa,  Curator, Modern and Contemporary British Art, Tate.
  • Hardcover: 240 pages | 200 illustrations
  • Date published: July 2021
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781849767538
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 23.2 cm

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