Prince Pig And The Second Sister

Rego, Paula


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Published by The Artist & The Curwen Studio, Cambridge, UK. Date: 2006. Sheet and image Size: 61.5cm x 101cm. One from Rego’s ‘Prince Pig’ series of six lithographs illustrating the 16th century Italian tale by Giovanni Francesco Straparola, “From Swine to Man”. “The narrative verges on obscenity, it is erotic in a fantastic way and it is singularly violent, although, perhaps happily for the viewer’s peace of mind, [Rego] eschews in her chosen images most of the extreme violence of the prose.” Although “quite savagely violent, the tale has a happy ending in the best frog-into-prince tradition”. “As you scrutinise the odd couple, Rego makes abundantly clear that no good will come of this literally bestial union. Here is another perfect Rego paradox that despite its happy ending, this is, like other Rego fairy stories drawn from literature, a grim and horrifying account of two beautiful women involuntarily sacrificed to a smelly, ugly, porcine monster.” (Source: Bonhams: Prints and multiples, 2013) Original lithograph printed in colours at The Curwen Studio on Somerset Velvet. Unsigned printer’s trial proof aside from the edition of 35. Printing to the verso. Printer’s marks to the edges, affecting the image. Nevertheless the lithograph is bright and fresh. Scarce.