Rego depicts a mature artist, a sculptress - as can be seen from the background - having a reflective smoke after setting her two apprentices their daily task to paint a still life of an assortment of cabbages and objects on a table.
The Artist in Her Studio by Paula Rego, 1993
© The Artist c/o Marlborough Fine Art
- Acrylic on paper on canvas
- 180 x 130 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £7,000 ( Total: £40,000)
- Acquired in:
- Marlborough Fine Art
The work is not a self-portrait as Rego used Lila Nunez as her model. Rego describes her sculptress as 'a type of George Sand character', Sand was famous for smoking a pipe and leading a resolutely independent life in a masculine way, but she also had a very feminine personality. The artist is placed at the centre of the painting with everything else subordinate to it and circulating round it. Imaginative power is what so distinguishes this work and, indeed, Paula Rego's art as a whole.
Marlborough Fine Art Ltd.