Very Good / Very Good. Item #6234
New York: Thames & Hudson, 2003. First Edition. Quarto; 288pp including catalogue raisonné, chronology, and index. 491 illustrations (109 in color; 382 in tritone). Rego's "Little Miss Muffet" reproduced on front of dust jacket; "Dancing for Mr. Rochester" reproduced on back against crimson ground. Crimson boards with black lettering on spine. Thames & Hudson device blind-stamped on front panel.
Jacket very clean with minimal signs of edgewear. Textblock unmarred and unmarked, with the exception of a blot—paint? chocolate?—that touched a narrow bottom segment of back panel edge, and reached the same spot on the bottom edge of the final 7 pages of textblock.
The work of Portuguese-born Paula Rego, who has made her career for the most part in London, is here on full display. Her feminist takes on traditional topics (nursery rhymes, fairy tales, Jane Eyre) are reproduced, as well as more contemporary material including a powerful series on abortion. Rego's work—in effect and affect—inhabits a fascinating but stressful world where Daumier, Goya, and Edward Gorey would all feel at home, but where woman would have equal time at the mike.