Paula Rego at the Musée de l'Orangerie
This major exhibition at Musée de l’Orangerie explores Paula Rego’s interpretation of stories which are given fresh meaning through her paintings. On view are over 70 paintings and drawings which display Rego’s remarkable ability to merge reality with fiction and dreams with nightmares.
The only female artist in the London Group, Paula Rego set herself apart with her strongly figurative, literary, incisive and singular work. Obsessed by a certain literature and cultural vision of the 19th century, both realistic and imaginary, like her fellow countryman and film director Manoel de Oliveira, Paula Rego intertwines these references (Jane Eyre, Peter Pan, Daumier, Goya, Lewis Carroll, Hogarth, Ensor, Degas, etc.) with strongly autobiographical elements and elements of real life, that of the contemporary world and its social and political issues, with a contemporary twist. Dark narratives, her paintings seem to be taken from a cruel tale and evoke women's issues in strange scenes, going against social codes.