Jack and Jill (Jill tumbling after) (from the Nursery Rhymes series)

1989

Rego, Paula
Paula Rego first encountered English nursery rhymes aged ten at her English school in Portugal. In 1989, with a young grand-daughter she rediscovered them through a series of etchings. Following the tradition of John Tenniel's famous illustrations for 'Alice in Wonderland', she treats the fantastic realistically, dresses animals in human costume and introduces dream-like distortions of scale. She was particularly attracted to the possibility of using humour to confront terror, as she says, 'I paint to give fear a face.' Ann Jones
  • Artwork Details: Image, 32.5 x 21.5cm Paper, 52 x 38cm
  • Edition: 21/50
  • Material description: etching with aquatint
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Figurative
  • Medium: Print
  • Accession number: ACC59/1990

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