The Easel

Paula Rego: Cruel Stories for Curious Women

Rego loves folk tales but her paintings give them a dark twist. In some works the relationships between her figures seem troubled. Her paintings of Little Red Riding Hood even go so far as to allude to a rape. “Rego is a story-teller of tales with enigmatic endings, not parables and nothing quite comforting but possessed of a bewitching otherness”.