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From: Nursery Rhymes portfolio


Etching and aquatint on Velin Arches paper

Paper 52 × 38.2 cm

Edition of 50 plus 14 artist’s proofs

Copy AP

Signed lower right, numbered lower left, recto in pencil


Guide Price: £5,265

Paula Rego first came to prominence in Britain after her first major solo exhibition in 1981, which was followed by her becoming the first National Gallery artist in residence in 1990. Rego explores themes of power, rebellion, sexuality and gender, grief and poverty, often through female protagonists. She made her first prints, experimenting with etching in the 1950s. Her prints not only possess the extraordinary imaginative power of her paintings but reflect the innovative possibilities of the medium through her experimentation with etching, lithography and aquatint. In 2016 she was elected a Senior Royal Academician and received the Portuguese Government's Medal of Cultural Merit in 2019. In 2017 the BBC broadcast a documentary, Paula Rego: Secrets and Stories, directed by Rego's son, Nick Willing, providing a unique insight into the artist's life and work. A museum dedicated to Rego opened in Portugal in 2009. Her work is housed in major public and museum collections all over the world.

Please note if you are interested in bidding on this piece, please email Samuel Morton: smorton@freedomfromtorture.org or call +44 (0) 207 697 7808

Terms and Conditions: Please note all works will be available for collection from Wednesday 17 November 2021 at Freedom from Torture offices, 111 Isledon Road, London N7 7JW. The artwork will be safely stored, free of charge until Friday 17 December 2021. Alternatively, Freedom from Torture can help organise national and international delivery of artworks through a third party, to the winner. The winning bidder will be responsible for all delivery costs and will be invoiced directly by the third party.

Lot No.: EL89-96-00012
Kindly donated by Paula Rego and Cristea Roberts Gallery