Nothing like a dame / Nada como una dama

La versión en español está después de la vesión en inglés.

The other current special exhibit at the Picasso Museum (click here) is on the Portuguese-British artist Paula Rego (1935–). I’m ashamed to admit I had never heard of her nor seen her work, but I immediately fell in love. I found the exhibit to be powerful, emotional, and inspirational. Rego was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2010. The three images across the top are “The Betrothal, Lessons, The Shipwreck,” after a series of six paintings done by Hogarth in the 18th-century, ‘Marriage à la Mode’, in which he criticized the custom of arranged marriages based on social and economic interests.


La otra exposición especial actual en el Museo Picasso (haz clic aquí) es sobre la artista portuguesa-británica Paula Rego (1935–). Me avergüenza admitir que nunca había oído hablar de ella ni había visto su trabajo, pero me enamoré de inmediato. La exhibición me pareció poderosa, emotiva e inspiradora. Rego fue nombrada Dama del Imperio Británico en 2010. Las tres imágenes en la parte superior son “The Betrothal, Lessons, The Shipwreck”, “The contrato matrimonial, lecciones, el naugragio”, después de ‘Marriage à la Mode’ de Hogarth, en el que critica la costumbre de los matrimonios concertados basados en intereses sociales y económicos.

• “The Vivian Girls as Windmills,” 1984. Based on an illustrated manuscript from 1973, that tells the story of enslaved girls rebelling against their captors.
• “Las niñas Vivian como molinos de viento”, 1984. De una novela sobre la sublevación de unas niñas esclivizados contra sus captores.
• 1975. “Blancaflor, The Devil and His Wife in Bed.” An old folktale from the Iberian Peninsula.
• 1975. “Blancaflor, El demonio y su mujer en la cama”. Un antiguo cuento popular de la Península Ibérica.
• From her nursery rhymes series of etchings: “Little Miss Muffet,” 1989.
• De su serie de canciones infantiles de grabados, “Little Miss Muffet [pequeñna señorita Muffet], 1989.
• “The Company of Women,” 1997. Based on the Portuguese novel “The Crime of Father Amaro” (1875), which critiques the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church.
• “Entre Mujeres”, 1997. Se inspira en la novela “El crimen del padre Amaro”, 1875, una crítica a la hipcresía de la Iglesia católica.
• “Escape,” 2009.
• “Fuga”, 2009.
• 1998. Part of a series entitled “Untitled: The Abortion Pastels,” created in response to a narrowly defeated referendum that year to legalise abortion in Portugal.
• 1998. Parte de una serie titulada “Sin título: Los pasteles del aborto”, creado en respuesta a un referéndum derrotado por un estrecho margen para legalizar el aborto en Portugal.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

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26 thoughts on “Nothing like a dame / Nada como una dama”

  1. Wow. Each one is a wonderful mix of a raise-your-eyebrows statement, and just a phenomenally crafted work that you want to keep looking at. I’m so glad you discovered her, and got to see these (and shared with us).

    1. Judy C:
      I can’t believe I had never heard of her. Admirable talent and activism.

    1. Bob:
      She’s someone I would love to meet… and have as a teacher I think.

    1. Jim:
      Having been an art major, I was stunned I had never learned about her. But I don’t think she was on the radar when I was in school.

  2. I’m not sure about this. This type of art and the way the people look in the art gives me eerie feelings. Especially those first three.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      I tend to like art that gives me these kinds of eerie feelings.

    1. Urspo:
      For being so “famous” her name is not known by anyone I’ve talked to.

  3. Ooooh, she is good! Each one is such a statement! I think I would have to go to the exhibit many, many times so I could study just a few at time – they are so laden with meaning, it would overwhelm me otherwise.

    1. Wilma:
      My day was spent at all three exhibits at the museum. I think I’d go again just to focus on her.

  4. Not my taste at all. A total creep fest. I can’t deny the talent, though. I’m going to be humming the soundtrack to South Pacific all day. Thanks a lot, Scoot!

    1. Deedles:
      When I shared these, I knew you wouldn’t be attracted to the art. This is just what I love. As for the South Pacific ear worm, just keep talkin’ happy talk.

      1. Yeah, I’m a total Philistine when it comes to art. Funnily, I like macabre cartoon work. Charles Addams and Graham Wilson are two particular favorites. Oh, and Edward Goren. I prefer my paintings to be colorful and happyish.

  5. I never heard of her either, but I do know the great cartoonist Hogarth. Interest revamping of his work. I wonder if Rego did Thomas Nast also.

    1. Sassybear:
      I love museums and art, although it sometimes depresses me. I had wanted to be a professional artist. Was discouraged by my mother (although she loved art and artists, it wasn’t respectable or guaranteed to make me rich) and I never pushed myself. So, when I see work by other artists, it brings up those regrets. Ah well.

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