Paula Rego Cruel tales at Musee de l’Orangerie
#PARIS Paula Rego, born in Portugal in 1935, was just 17 years old when she went to study at the Slade School of Arts in London. She took up residence there and frequented the painters Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and David Hockney, among others.
A true icon in her native country, Paula Rego is, at 83 years old, the first living artist to whom the Musée de l’Orangerie devotes a retrospective, with some sixty works now collected
Paula Rego tells stories, little enigmas based on traditional tales
Inhabited by a certain 19th century literature and visual culture, both realistic and fantastic, Paula Rego paints on childhood but for grown-ups: A world of demons and dreams.
Jostled, stumbled upon by this feminist who ironically summons us into the imaginary world of a “rather bourgeois” society. Skilful and political, his universe embodies family, patriarchy, religion: a whole art.
It is impossible to remain indifferent in front of the women, children, animals of Paula Rego, and these men represented sometimes with a pig’s or toad’s head. All interact in this figurative and surrealist world
This gentle witch paints her family history as a tale where psychoanalysis is never far away, with sometimes
subversive scenes, such as in “La famille”, whose interpretation remains ambiguous
The scenography puts his approach in dialogue with other artists, such as this Pinocchio by Ron Mueck, his son-in-law, or this fine juxtaposition of Degas’ dancers, so inspiring for his own. In relative darkness, we observe the details of his drawings and enjoy the bright colours of these acrylics in the illuminated rooms.
Finally, after the Fisherman’s triptych, his last paintings of 2011 probably suffer a little from the painter’s advanced age but keep this style so recognizable and powerful.
The cruel tales of Paula Rego
October 17, 2018 – January 14, 2019
Jardin de Tuileries (Seine side)
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