The Family

1982

Rego, Paula
Much of Paula Rego's work is concerned with a sense of narrative and she has created artworks to illustrate literary texts, such as 'Peter Pan' and 'Jane Eyre', as well as producing the 'Nursery Rhymes' series. 'The Family' was created during the earlier period in Rego's career when she shifted her focus as an artist from producing collages to painting with acrylics. During the 1980s, Rego also created paintings inspired by her early life in Portugal, producing figurative pictures that were often spontaneous narratives taken from her imagination, rather than illustrations to literary texts. Her characters frequently took the form of animals for satirical effect. In the case of 'The Family', she has also made use of fruit and vegetables. Charlotte Booth
  • Artwork Details: 121.4 x 151.5cm
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  • Material description: acrylic on paper
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Animals, Birds, Insects
  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: AC 5166

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