January 21, 2003

Nursery Rhymes

Painter and graphic artist Paula Rego (1935-), born in Lisbon but resident in London, is renowned, amongst her many accomplishments, for her series of prints illustrating nursery-rhymes.

I happened upon the Thames and Hudson edition of these etchings and aquatints in a Bristol bookshop back in '94 or '95, and couldn't help but buy it.

There have been several times when I've wished I hadn't left this book in our storage locker in England - we always thought we'd be back there after a year or so, but have yet to get around to it.

Many of these images tease out more or less sinister or perverse meanings from the fabric of the rhymes:

Whereas others, for instance the one following (my favourite of the set) are more-or-less straightfoward depictions of their bizarre characters and imagery.

Posted by misteraitch at January 21, 2003 11:18 PM

The site looks fantastic! :) *Hugs* //Fire and Ice

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