Paula Rego - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Saturday, June 28, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Marlborough Fine Art, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    Paula Rego's works take real and imagined stories as their starting points, though she allows the complex narratives in her pictures to evolve out of the process of making the work. Her finished pictures are never simple illustrations; the characters and the events change and develop as she works. The action in her pictures almost always takes place in domestic settings.
    ‘With a personal voice she has recovered for painting the ability to construct a visual narrative of the human condition by weaving together her experiences, memories and fantasies with literature and art history. Her output is pervaded with an unusual intensity that reaches out to relate cogently with the spectator. There is something very subversive and liberating about her work, an obvious aspect of struggle against authority which pokes around the insides of individuals and society. Paula Rego speaks out about domination, oppression and violence and, as the woman she is, spurs us on to question socially-imposed stereotypes. Armed with her experience as daughter, lover wife and mother, she also dissects the complexity of the power relationships that occur within families. The motivating force for her art is, as Marco Livingstone says, devotion to the human predicament.' (A. Sánchez in Exhibition catalogue, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Paula Rego, Madrid 2007, p.10)


Untitled No. 9

Pastel on paper mounted on aluminium.
111 x 100 cm. (43 3/4 x 39 3/8 in).

£350,000 - 450,000 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2008, 5pm