In ‘The Baker’s Wife’ Paula Rego, a Portuguese painter who now works in London, draws on the tradition of children’s storybook illustration – for example in this print the changes of scale are reminiscent of that of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. Rego uses a variety of tones to further intensify the dream-like quality of the works and the dark shadows add a new and terrifying dimension to the familiar nursery rhymes. Nursery rhymes which are traditionally for children are given a very grown-up imagery that borders on unpleasantness, particularly in this etching.
|Medium||Etching and aquatint on hand-made paper|
|Dimensions||33.5 x 26.3 cm|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Purchase, 1997|
|Not on view|
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