standing woman at center wearing a knee-length sleeveless dress, emerging from a veil-like mandorla (or wearing a veil?); woman holds several flowers in her PL hand; three rats in LRC; insects in LLC and ULC; large goat's head at L center

© Paula Rego

Straw Burning, from "Pendle Witches", 1996

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Paula Rego, born in Portugal, has been described as “heiress to Goya’s Iberian darkness.” She is a master of aquatint, exploiting the medium to its most eerie and provocative ends. In this visionary image, Straw Burning, a dazed bride wanders through a hellish sea of frightening forms—menacing goat, screaming sunflower, aquiline demon, overgrown grasshoppers, sinister mice. The gradations of aquatint tone in the background set this netherworld aflame. The print comes from Rego’s "Pendle Witches" series, accompanied by poems by the British poet Blake Morrison.

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Details
Title
Straw Burning, from "Pendle Witches"
Artist Life
British (born Portugal), born 1935
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2007.73
Provenance
The artist; (Marlborough Graphics, New York); sold to MIA, 2007.
Catalogue Raisonne
Rosenthal 129
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standing woman at center wearing a knee-length sleeveless dress, emerging from a veil-like mandorla (or wearing a veil?); woman holds several flowers in her PL hand; three rats in LRC; insects in LLC and ULC; large goat's head at L center

© Paula Rego

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