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Paula Rego, ground-breaking artist and women’s champion, dies at ...

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Paula Rego, ground-breaking artist and women’s champion, dies at 87

Thanks to an anti-fascist father who would not allow her to be restricted, she quickly learnt to express her disquiet

Catarina Demony

Portuguese artist Paula Rego, who challenged gender stereotypes and denounced abuses of power in often visceral paintings infused with sombre fantasies and magic realism, died in London on Wednesday at the age of 87 after a short illness.

“Portuguese culture has lost one of its most important and irreverent creators, someone who distinguished herself as a woman, human being and artist,” said Carlos Carreiras, mayor of the town of Cascais, home to a museum dedicated to Rego’s work.

Born into a liberal family in Lisbon during the early years of the dictatorship of Antonio Salazar, Rego quickly learned to express her disquiet at the world around her through art, including The Interrogation, a harrowing depiction of torture painted when she was just 15...

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