Paula Rego The Art of Story

Deryn Rees-Jones, Marina Warner

This major monograph on the life and work of artist Paula Rego surveys a career that spans six decades, combining literary and artistic perspectives. 

"Paula Rego is an outstanding artist. She deserves an outstanding book. And now she has one." —Waldemar Januszczak, Art Critic, The Sunday Times

A prolific painter and printmaker, Paula Rego is an artist of astonishing power with a unique and unforgettable aesthetic. Capturing the extraordinary aspects of Rego’s work, author Deryn Rees-Jones places autobiographical narratives alongside stories suggested by Rego’s pictures. She explores their rich and textured layering of references to the old masters, fiction, fairytales, poems, the folk traditions of Rego’s native Portugal, politics, feminism, and more. The result is a highly original work that addresses urgent and topical questions on gender, subject and object, and self and other.

Taking its cues from the artist, this fascinating study invites us to reflect on the complexities of storytelling. Rooted in close interpretation of the artworks, we see how Rego’s art intersects with the work of other women artists, such as Cindy Sherman and Louise Bourgeois, as well as writers, from Charlotte Bronte¨ and Angela Carter to Franz Kafka and Martin McDonagh.

A definitive volume on the artist’s oeuvre, Paula Rego continues to raise questions, elevating it beyond a retrospective to something both provocative and authoritative.


Deryn Rees-Jones


Deryn Rees-Jones is a writer and academic, whose poetry has received numerous critical accolades, including shortlisting for the T. S. Eliot and Roland Matthias Prizes. As a professor at the University of Liverpool she co-directs the university's Centre for New and International Writing. She is editor of the Pavilion Poetry series, and a co-editor of the journal Women: A Cultural Review.

Marina Warner

Foreword By

Marina Warner is a British novelist, short story writer, and historian.