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Paula Rego, b.1935

The Baker’s Wife1989

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.

MediumEtching and aquatint on hand-made paper
Dimensions33.5 x 26.3 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1997
EditionEdition 14/75
Item NumberIMMA.502
Image Caption
Paula Rego, The Baker’s Wife, 1989, Etching and aquatint on hand-made paper, 33.5 x 26.3 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1997

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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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