Paula Rego Rumpelstiltskin
2016 limited edition. Working from literature, myths, fairy tales, cartoons and religious texts, Rego creates narrative works imbued with mystery, for this work Rego asked Nicholas Serota, Former Director of Tate, to name his favourite fairy tale.“The millers daughter is distraught. She has a roomful of straw which the king wants her to spin into gold and she doesn’t know how to do it. Rumpelstiltskin promises to help but she’s frightened he’ll take the gold away with him.” Paula Rego
. Each of the 40 editions, generously donated in support of Tate, are signed and numbered by the artist.
45.5 x 56 cm
Four plate etching printed with gold ink overlay on 300gsm Somerset Velvet
Date of work
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Paula Rego was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1935 and has travelled between London and Portugal throughout her life. She studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, and her career as an artist spans half a century.
Her early paintings in Portugal were semi-abstract, sometimes applied to violent or political subjects that revealed a love of story-telling that had been awakened in her as a child by folk-tales related by a great-aunt.
As Rego’s oeuvre developed she turned to a more naturalistic approach with strongly modelled figures and a consistent light source. She is drawn to subjects that are well known, and takes her imagery from sources as varied as Peter Pan and Mary Magdalene. Rego favours the almost immediate results etching and lithography can provide, allowing an exuberance and confidence of line. Her prints typically combine etched outlines with tonal gradations of Aquatint.
Rego’s work is part of many public collections including British Museum, London, UK; Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal; National Gallery, London; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK.