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Paula Rego, 1935–2022

Little Miss Muffet1989

‘Little Miss Muffet’ was made in response to a request from the artist Paula Rego’s grandchild, who did not seem at all distressed, as Rego recalls, by the enlarged spider, and adult face. She also mentions that it has Freudian connections, in that Freud believed that the mother was often perceived as a spider, capturing a child by all her limbs and encroaching on her life.

MediumEtching and aquatint on hand-made paper
Dimensions Unframed, 52 x 38 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1996
EditionEdition 23/50
Item NumberIMMA.749
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Paula Rego, Little Miss Muffet, 1989, Etching and aquatint on hand-made paper, Unframed, 52 x 38 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1996

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Paula Rego 1935–2022

Born in Portugal in 1935, Paula Rego trained at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Her work is highly figurative, and often relates specifically to folk tales, fairy tales, children’s literature and nursery rhymes. Rego lives and works in London and has exhibited widely in Britain and internationally. Since 2004, major retrospectives of her work have been held at Tate Britain, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.
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