Paula Rego has generously made the limited edition, Wary (Dog Woman), 1994/2020, available on the occasion of the exhibition Paula Rego at Tate Britain, 7 July – 24 October 2021.
Rego, who is known for her accomplished etching techniques, drew the plate for Wary (Dog Woman) in 1994. The same year, she began a sequence of large single-figure works in pastel known as the Dog Woman series. Rego had returned to life drawing and created these works with her model and collaborator, Lila Nunes. The figure of Dog Woman, crouched and snarling with teeth bared in rage and anguish, appears as early as 1952, and then 42 years later, embodied by Nunes, posing on all fours. Of these works, Rego has commented ‘to be a dog woman is not necessarily to be downtrodden; that has very little to do with it. In these pictures every woman's a dog woman, not downtrodden but powerful.’
The limited edition was printed by Paupers Press and published by the artist in 2020. This is the first time it has become available to purchase and all proceeds from sales made during the dates of the exhibition will support Tate. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist and comes unframed.
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Wary (Dog Woman)
34.8 x 41.5 cm
Etching print on paper, printed by Paupers Press and published by the artist in 2020 from a plate drawn in 1994
Edition of 50, signed and numbered
Date of work
Paula Rego (b. 1935, Lisbon, Portugal) is a leading artist of her generation and has played a key role in redefining figurative art in the UK and internationally. Her ever-evolving artistic practice includes painting, pastel, collage, etching, watercolour and sculpture and spans from the mid-1950s to the current day. Rego studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, the University of East Anglia, Norwich, the Rhode Island School of Design, USA, The London Institute, Roehampton University, London, and Oxford University. In 2010 she was made a Dame of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and won the Mapfre Foundation Drawing Prize, Madrid. Rego’s work has been exhibited widely across the world and is part of many public collections including the Arts Council Collection, UK; British Council Collection, UK; British Museum, London, UK; Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal; National Gallery, London; Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal; and Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK.
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