The cruel stories of Paula Rego at Orangerie



Curated by Cécile Debray, Chief Curator and director, the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris presents a fantastic retrospective exhibition of the work of Portuguese artist Paula Rego. The exhibition is on view until 14 January 2019.

Drawing inspiration from imaginary narrative, dolls and masks staged in her studio, Paula Rego creates characters and animals which she distorts, thus creating large-format plays where reality and fiction, dreams and nightmares merge.

The work on view at Orangerie are dark, gloomy and fascinating. “My favourite themes are power games and hierarchies. I always want to turn things on their heads, to upset the established order, to change heroines and idiots”. Rego said about her work.

Obsessed with 19th century literature, both realistic and imaginary Rego mixes all these cultural 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. A must-see exhibition

Image: Paula Rego, The Dance, 1988
Acrylique sur papier monté sur toile  – 212,6 x 274 cm
© Private Collection / Bridgeman Images