Balzac and Other Stories

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The Balzac Story, 2011 Pastel 149.9 X 169.5 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Marlborough Fine Art
Guardians , 2009 Etching And Aquatint 64 X 50 Cm © The Artist. Photographs courtesy of Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd.
Balzac and Other Stories

6 Albemarle Street
London W1S 4BY
United Kingdom
May 29th, 2012 - June 30th, 2012
Opening: May 28th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

+44 (0)20 7629 5161
Mon-Fri 10-5:30; Sat 10-4


The Directors of Marlborough Fine Art are delighted to announce their forthcoming exhibition of new paintings and graphics by Paula Rego.  This exhibition coincides with the publication of the revised and updated Catalogue Raisonné by Tom Rosenthal of Thames & Hudson.

One of Honoré de Balzac's most celebrated tales, The Unknown Masterpiece is the story of a painter who, depending on one's perspective, is either an abject failure or a transcendental genius - or both. The story has served as an inspiration to artists as various as Cézanne, Henry James, Picasso, and Paula Rego.

The sumptuously produced Catalogue Raisonné discusses and illustrates all Rego’s prints, including unpublished work. The second edition includes chapters on five new series produced since 2003 – Moon Eggs, Prince Pig, Wine, Curved Planks and Female Genital Mutilation; on the influence of Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s work on Rego; and an updated section of Works Out of Series.

Many of Rego’s prints are based on themes, as she says that one image triggers the idea for the next. Among these are Rego’s Nursery Rhymes, which reveal a darkly humorous take on the difficulties of childhood, and provide a rich seam for her precocious girls and individually characterized animals. Her work is known for revealing complex stories about the sinister side of sexuality and family relations, and Rego’s feminism underlies everything she does: the six works in the Female Genital Mutilation series are some of the most powerful images that she has ever produced.

A fully illustrated catalogue of the exhibition will be published with an introduction by Tom Rosenthal.    The revised edition of Paula Rego: The Complete Graphic Work will be available for purchase at the Gallery.

For further information and photographs, please contact Frankie Rossi or John Erle-Drax: