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Paula Rego, b.1935

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
Dimensions52 x 38 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1996
EditionEdition 23/50
Item NumberIMMA.749
Image Caption
Paula Rego, Little Miss Muffet, 1989, Etching and aquatint on hand-made paper, 52 x 38 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1996

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About the Artist

Paula Rego b.1935

Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1935, Dame Paula Rego trained at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Rego is celebrated for her bold and intense paintings, drawings and prints, which intertwine the private and the public, the intimate and the political, the real and the imagined, combining autobiographical elements with stories from literature, folklore, and mythology, references to earlier art, and observations on the contemporary world.
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