Paula Rego

born 1935

Paula Rego, ‘War’ 2003
War 2003
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Dame Paula Rego, DBE (born 26 January 1935), is a Portuguese visual artist who is particularly known for her paintings and prints based on storybooks. Rego’s style has evolved from abstract towards representational, and she has favoured pastels over oils for much of her career. Her work often reflects feminism, coloured by folk-themes from her native Portugal.

Rego studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and was an exhibiting member of the London Group, along with David Hockney and Frank Auerbach. She was the first artist-in-residence at the National Gallery in London. She lives and works in London.

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New spirit painting

New spirit painting is a term which refers to the resurgence of expressionist painting around 1980

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Neo-expressionism acted as a major revival of painting in an expressionist manner in the 1980s and it occurred internationally

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Paula Rego, recipient: Marie-Louise Von Motesiczky Letter from Paula Rego

26 November 1985

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