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

Straw Burning, from "Pendle Witches", 1996

Paula Rego; Publisher: Marlborough Graphics, London; Printer: Culford Press, London

Etching and aquatint

Gift of funds from the Print and Drawing Curatorial Council 2007.73

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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.

Image: In Copyright. Gift of funds from the Print and Drawing Curatorial Council

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