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Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Limited

Paula Rego
Born 1935 in Lisbon, Portugal
Lives and works in London, England
Recreation, 1996
pastel on paper mounted on aluminum
66 7/8 x 51 1/4 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation
1997.4
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Portugese-born, London-based Rego has created a body of figurative work in collage, printmaking, and painting. Much of her work refers to her memories of childhood, when storytelling was a central part of life. Rego depicts mostly women and girls, and has referenced traditional nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and even Disney films. She mines her imagination for her dreamlike works, and like the Surrealists, exposes darker, disturbing human impulses such as cruelty and humiliation.