Rego, Paula

Ecstasy

£2,880

Date: 1996-98
Dimensions: 506 x 360 mm
Medium: Hand-coloured etching and aquatint
Format: Framed
Edition of 14 signed APs (in addition to the numbered edition of 25)

 

One of 14 hand-coloured artist’s proofs reserved for Paula Rego, this copy was inscribed by Rego as a Christmas gift to an old friend. The print is one of the twelve magisterial etchings made by Rego to accompany her artist’s book The Children’s Crusade, which was published by Enitharmon Press in 1999. The Children’s Crusade is based on the medieval crusade of 1212 in which children from France and Germany allegedly attempted to travel to the Holy Land to recapture Jerusalem from the Saracens, only to be corrupted and sold into slavery by unscrupulous sea captains when they attempted to take ship at Marseilles. Rego made characteristically memorable images  — a kind of visual fable — inspired by the theme Ecstasy is both a comment on the voluntary pain undergone by the deluded children and those who lead them astray, and a depiction of children playing at being grown-up.

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