Who is itPaula Rego?
The famous Portuguese artistPaula Regowas born in Lisbon on January 26, 1935, in an upper middle class family with republican ideals, and under the influence of French and Anglo-Saxon cultures. His life was marked by the childhood spent with his grandmother Gertrudes Fernandes, who told him the traditional Portuguese tales that continue to mark his work. Attended St. Julian's School, in Carcavelos, where he soon manifested his artistic qualities. At the age of 16, in 1952, on the advice of his father, a staunch anti-Salazarist, he emigrated to the United Kingdom where he attended Sevenoaks, a school designed to train young women in the customs and behavior of society — in the words ofPaula Rego, "a finishing school for us to find a husband". The future painter abhorred the experience and was motivated by a teacher from the same school to follow her path in the field of the arts. She tried to enroll at the Chelsea School of Art, in London, which was contradicted by a friend of her father and her tutor, David Phillips, for having bad moral references of the same, referring her to The Slade School of Fine Art, for to consider a more respectable option capable of guaranteeing success. At this school, which he attended from 1952 to 1956, he met the English artist Victor Willing, with whom he would marry and have three children (Nick Willing made a documentary about his mother's life and work for the BBC). The couple returned to Portugal in 1957 and, from 1962 onwards, with a house in Camden Town, they lived alternately in Portugal and England). He fought and worked tenaciously to impose himself on the artistic scene, havinginitially, it was very difficult to sell his paintings. She is currently one of the most famous painters in Portugal and internationally. Discover seven facts aboutPaula Rego.
7 facts aboutPaula Rego
1.Thanks to the Scholarship granted to him in 1975 by the Calouste FoundationGulbenkian carried out, from 1976 to 1979, a research on Popular Tales thatlassified as from "terrible tales", sordid and evil, with a cruelty thathe did not find in other cultures, concluding that this "is life. People who don't have to eat become strong and violent."
2. In 1983, he taught at Slade, confessing that he did it only out of necessity, because it's hard for him to say when he doesn't like a job, because it hurts the person.
3. All frames ofPaula Regothey include representative figures of people you know or have personally met, your family or characters in literary works.
4. Her work reflects her concerns with social issues, namely abortion, female genital excision, human trafficking, domestic violence and child abuse, in addition to the facts of her own life that have most affected her.
5. Jean Eire was inspired by Edwin Corley's work, "The Sargasso Sea", wherePaula Regowent to fetch the mad woman, mistreated by her husband, who nevertheless treated him with care when he needed her. Six lithographs from the Jane Eyre series (2001-2002) were used in 2005 by the Royal Mail for a stamp collection.
6. In July 2015, the painting “The Cadet and his Sister” byPaula Rego, from 1988, was sold for €1.6 million at a Sotheby's auction.
7. While working, he listens to operas by Verdi, especially Rigoletto and La Traviata, in the morning, and fado, after lunch (Amália and Camané, for example).