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Unlocated Works by Paula Rego/

  • Catalogue Raisonné

Catalogue Raisonné/

Unlocated Works by Paula Rego
Paula Rego: 50s-60s

Project for publication of a Catalogue Raisonné

coordination: Catarina Alfaro and
Leonor de Oliveira

The following images are reproductions of paintings by Paula Rego produced in the nineteen sixties and the whereabouts of which are unknown.

We would greatly appreciate receiving any information about the current location of these paintings, as well as of any other works from this period. This may be sent to the following e-mail address: catarina.alfaro@casadashistorias.com

Catalogue R 01Paula Rego, Juventude, c. 1960-1961, Arquivos Gulbenkian, SBA 00835
Catalogue R 03Paula Rego, Título desconhecido, c. 1961-1963, Arquivos Gulbenkian, SBA 00864
Catalogue R 04Paula Rego, Título desconhecido, c. 1961-1963, Arquivos Gulbenkian, SBA 00864
Catalogue R 05Paula Rego, Título desconhecido, c. 1961-1963, Arquivos Gulbenkian, SBA 00864
Catalogue R 06Paula Rego, Fantasia Erótica [ou Neve], c. 1960-1961, Arquivos Gulbenkian, SBA 00835

The Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, in continuing its mission to study and divulge Paula Rego's work, is carrying out a study of all the works she produced during the nineteen fifties and sixties. The aim of this study is that of publishing a catalogue raisonné in relation to the early period of her artistic career.

The project follows on from the exhibition 1961: Order and Chaos (May-November 2014), which finally brought a set of works produced throughout the fifties and sixties back into recognition (or out of oblivion).
Yet this phase of Paula Rego's career still remains to be recuperated and deeply studied. The works from this period are scattered over several private collections, and run the risk of undergoing alterations in their state of conservation due to the diversity of the techniques and materials used. It is therefore urgent and necessary to make an inventory of them.

After studying Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art (1952-1956), Paula Rego begins her artistic career with her main reference being the work of the French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) and the Outsider Art (Art Brut) of which he was the theorist. She then follows an automatic process of creation, without using any studies or previous reflections, recovering the enthusiasm for drawing that she had felt as a child, along with the creative freedom that academic training had restricted.
In her drawings and paintings personal stories are crossed with episodes from current events and with references to the Portuguese authoritarian regime, which adds a political element to her works.

Paula Rego's work brought a unique and unexpected effect to the Portuguese art field of the nineteen sixties. The freedom of her drawing, the subjective expression of the subjects and the combination of techniques, including collage, were a renewing formal proposal at the time, besides revealing a personal approach to the tendencies that marked out international art of the period.