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Title

The encampment

1989

Artist

Dame Paula Rego

Portugal, England

26 Jan 1935 –

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  • Details

    Date
    1989
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    etching and acquatint
    Edition
    43/50 [edition of 50 plus 14 AP]
    Dimensions
    33.2 x 51.8 cm platemark; 56.2 x 76.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. sheet, pencil "Paula Rego". Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Douglas Kagi 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    458.2018
    Copyright
    © Dame Paula Rego/DACS. Copyright Agency
    Artist information
    Dame Paula Rego

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  • About

    Portuguese-born figurative artist Paula Rego is a teller of stories. From an early age she has had a fascination with fairy tales, beginning with the traditional Portuguese folktales told to her by her grandmother. In 1989 she produced a portfolio of etchings and acquaints titled 'The nursery rhymes' that were based on drawings she made for her two-year-old granddaughter. Animals and props feature heavily in her work, and in this humorous suite of prints she has had fun reversing roles and distorting the scale of creatures and objects.

    'The encampment' was created directly following 'The nursery rhymes'. At first glance we see a starry night-time campsite scene, but when we look closely Rego’s dark humour and attention to detail becomes evident. The picture is filled with beautifully illuminated families engrossed in the sharing of bedtime stories, roaming livestock, howling dogs and an oversized toad being piggybacked.