Untitled Abortion 2000 by Paula Rego limited edition print
This special limited edition print accompanies the major exhibition Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance on display at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two) from Sat 23 Nov 2019 - Sun 19 Apr 2020, which brings together paintings, drawings and prints spanning the artist's career from the 1960's to the present day.
To support this exhibition the artist has generously offered this limited edition print from her most celebrated series, made in response to Portugal’s 1998 abortion referendum.
During the 1998 and 2007 referendums in Portugal on abortion, Rego advocated passionately for the rights of women. Both as a student at the Slade School of Art and in Portugal the artist saw first-hand the suffering and secrecy surrounding backstreet abortions while the practice was illegal. She created the etchings series to draw attention to the realities faced by women without access to legal terminations, and to their endurance. Rego has commented on the etchings: “They mean a great deal to me… because they’re totally true. The resolve to survive, the defiance.”
Dame Paula Rego is a Portuguese-born visual artist who is particularly known for her paintings and prints based on storybooks. Her style has evolved from abstract towards representational, and she has favoured pastels over oils for much of her career. Her work often reflects feminism, coloured by folk-themes from her native Portugal.
51 x 39 cm
Unframed and unmounted
Etching with aquatint and was printed on Somerset white 300gsm paper