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Essays on Paula Rego : Smile When You Think about Hell

Author: Maria Manuel Lisboa
Publisher: [Cambridge] : Open Book Publishers, 2019.
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In these powerful and stylishly written essays, Maria Manuel Lisboa dissects the work of Paula Rego, the Portuguese-born artist considered one of the greatest artists of modern times. Focusing primarily on Rego's work since the 1980s, Lisboa explores the complex relationships between violence and nurturing, power and impotence, politics and the family that run through Rego's art. Taking a historicist approach to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Lisboa, Maria Manuel.
Essays on Paula Rego : Smile When You Think about Hell.
Cambridge : Open Book Publishers, ©2019
Named Person: Paula Rego; Paula Rego
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Maria Manuel Lisboa
ISBN: 1783747587 9781783747580
OCLC Number: 1122450935
Description: 1 online resource (512 pages)
Contents: Intro; Contents; Acknowledgments; A Note on Images; Prologue: A Patriot for Me; Pre-Figuring the Motherland; The Things that Define Us; From Practice to Theory; 1. Past History and Deaths Foretold: A Map of Memory; Ideal Homes; A Home is Not a Home Without a Pet; A Dog's Life; 2. (He)Art History or a Death in the Family: The Late 80s; Families and Other Animals; So Sorry For Your Loss; 3. The Sins of the Fathers: Mother and Land Revisited in the 1990s; Burning Books; A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words; All at Sea; 4. An Interesting Condition: The Abortion Pastels; Christmas by Any Other Name Infallible FallaciesLife, Death and Russian Roulette; Look at Me Enjoying Myself; The Image as Problem Child; Watching Him Watching Her: Everything Depends on the Eye of the Beholder; A Target of Indifference; Child Brides; The Mother's Dilemma; The Counter-Purification of Categories; The Wages of Sin; 5. Brave New Worlds: The Birthing of Nations in First Mass in Brazil; Unexpected Visitors; Little Strangers; Goodbye and Thanks for All the Fish; 6. I Am Coming to Your Kingdom, Prince Horrendous: Scary Stories for Baby, Perfect Stranger and Me; It's Fantastic; Prince? Frog? Or Worse? Sweet Dreams, Scary Nightmares: Fairy Tales and Nursery RhymesWhy Are You Glaring at Me?; In Theory Anyone Can Be a Fairy; Freud & Daughters: A Family Concern; Revolution in the Nursery; Women Telling Tales; Stay by my Cradle till Morning is Nigh: The Nursery Rhymes; What's It All About?; Black Sheep, Strange Creatures and Dangerous Rogues; One Elizabeth, Two Marys and Assorted Royals; Beautiful Princesses, Evil Stepmothers and Wicked Witches: Who is Dead Now?; Women Against the Canon: Who is Cannon Fodder Now?; Bad Wolves, Beastly Beasts and Bluebeard: They Had it Coming, M'Lud Size Does Matter: Angry Jane, Gothic BerthaDearest Satan: The Lady with a Cloven Hoof; Lady, May I Kiss Your Hand? Inês de Castro; 7. Paula and the Madonna: Who's That Girl?; (Un)Like a Virgin; Just a Girl; Where's God Gone?; Is He Dead or Just Resting?; His Mother's Little Boy; A Mother's Work Is Never Done; Making His Mother Cry; Where Is She Going Now?; 8. Epilogue Let Me Count the Ways I Love You; Appendix AA Dama Pé de Cabra (The Lady with a Cloven Hoof); First Canticle; Second Canticle; Third Canticle; Appendix B'Fascinação' ('Enchantment'); Works Cited; List of Illustrations
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In these powerful and stylishly written essays, Maria Manuel Lisboa dissects the work of Paula Rego, the Portuguese-born artist considered one of the greatest artists of modern times. Focusing primarily on Rego's work since the 1980s, Lisboa explores the complex relationships between violence and nurturing, power and impotence, politics and the family that run through Rego's art. Taking a historicist approach to the evolution of the artist's work, Lisboa embeds the works within Rego's personal history as well as Portugal's (and indeed other nations') stories, and reveals the interrelationship between political significance and the raw emotion that lies at the heart of Rego's uncompromising iconographic style. Fundamental to Lisboa's analysis is an understanding that apparent opposites - male and female, sacred and profane, aggression and submissiveness - often co-exist in Rego's work in a way that is both disturbing and destabilising. This collection of essays brings together both unpublished and previously published work to make a significant contribution to scholarship about Paula Rego. It will also be of interest to scholars and students of contemporary painting, Portuguese and British feminist art, and the political and ideological aspects of the visual arts.

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