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Copyright Paula Rego / Malborough Gallery, NY
 Rego, Paula (1935 - )
Portugal

The Barn, 1994

Acrylic on canvas;
270 x 190 cm
Neo-Expressionism

UID 102-477



Biography

Portuguese born painter who later adopted British nationality. Between 1952 and 1956, she studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. From 1957 to 1963, she lived in Portugal and, until 1975, divided her time between this country and England. She was first acclaimed by the Portuguese public through her semi-abstract paintings which, at times, included collages of elements taken from her own drawings. Her influences include works by Dubuffet, Picasso, Walt Disney, Gilray and illustrations by caricaturists seen in magazines. In 1976, she went to London and, at the end of the decade, set aside her collage work to concentrate largely on acrylic drawings on paper. Using an essentially graphic style reminiscent of comic strip stories, Paula Rego has continued to produce figurative works that are more spontaneous narratives than illustrations for literary texts. Her characters normally take the form of animals for the satirical effect the artist wants. In 1986, she concentrated on a more naturalistic idiom with strongly modelled figures and a consistent light source. These representations of human dramas with a powerfully psychological charge, essentially based on childhood memories, have given her a significant place in 20th century art. In 1989, her largest painting at that time was bought by the Tate Gallery in London.



Exhibitions

Corpus: Visions of the Body in The Berardo Collection
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
10-10-2003 ~ 13-03-2004

Pomar - Autobiography
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
08-05-2004 ~ 07-11-2004

The Berardo Collection - A Voyage through the 20th Century
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
04-12-2004 ~ 30-04-2005

Contemporary Painters in The Berardo Collection
Centro das Artes Casa das Mudas, Calheta, Madeira, Portugal
28-05-2005 ~ 28-08-2005

Portugal Novo: artistas de hoje e amanhã
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil
05-10-2005 ~ 04-12-2005

The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
17-05-1997 ~ 31-08-1997

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
27-01-2000 ~ 27-08-2000

Durante o Fim - Rui Chafes
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
15-10-2000 ~ 14-01-2001

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
22-10-2002 ~ 28-02-2003

Nova Apresentação da Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
08-11-1999 ~ 01-03-2000

Sedução Cinema & Pintura
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
27-06-2006 ~ 31-01-2007

Berardo Museum Opening
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
25-06-2007 ~ 09-09-2007

Não te Posso Ver Nem Pintado
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
15-09-2008 ~ 10-05-2009

Paradise Motel
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
13-11-2010 ~ 26-12-2011

Sous la Dictée de L’image
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
01-03-2010 ~ 26-05-2010


Bibliography

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999, 2000
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

Colecção Berardo, Novas Aquisições, 2000
Published by Arte Ibérica

Corpus: Visions of the Body in The Berardo Collection, 2003
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 9728176856

Paula Rego, 2002

Pomar - Autobiography, 2004
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9723709066

Portugal Novo, artistas de hoje e amanhã, 2005
Published by Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and Instituto das Artes – Ministério da Cultura

Sedução Cinema & Pintura, 2006
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729903034

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo, 2002
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 972974288X

The Berardo Collection – Sintra Museum of Modern Art, 1996
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729739105







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