Sir David Hare
1 of 4 portraits of Sir David Hare
Sir David Hare
by Paula Rego
pastel on paper laid on board, 2005
51 1/8 in. x 48 3/8 in. (1300 mm x 1230 mm)
Commissioned; made possible by J.P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions, Sir Christopher Ondaatje and the Art Fund, 2005
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Rego described this portrait as a painting 'with the whole of theatre in it'. The suggestion that a performance is taking place is characteristic of her work. Commenting on the lamb, a prop she made herself, she said: 'The things I couldn't get into David's face I put into the sheep's face…it goes well with him and looks after him.'
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- 100 Writers, p. 157
- Howgate, Sarah; Nairne, Sandy, A Guide to Contemporary Portraits, 2009, p. 31 Read entry
The artist described this portrait of playwright Sir David Hare (b. 1947), produced in ten three-hour sittings at the artist’s London studio, as a painting ‘with the whole of theatre in it’ – entirely fitting in view of Hare’s long association with London’s National Theatre. The suggestion that a performance is taking place is characteristic of Rego’s work. Commenting on the lamb, a prop she made herself, she said: ‘The things I couldn’t get into David’s face I put into the sheep’s face ... it goes well with him and looks after him.’ With a nod to James Ensor, a theatrical mask lies on the floor.
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