What was the School of London? Paula Rego vs Bacon and Freud


Sarah Wilson (Courtauld Institute of Art, London)

This seminar, inspired by the Paula Rego retrospective at the Musée de l’Orangerie, 2018, has two aims: firstly to distinguish Paula Rego’s work from the so-called ‘School of London’ with whom she is now grouped as the necessary ‘woman artist’; secondly to investigate the label ‘School of London’ and its changing agendas. From a British misunderstanding of the term ‘School of Paris’ it became first a militant, and subsequently a marketing strategy. The relationship between Paula Rego, her husband Victor Willing and her contemporary Ron Kitai, offer alternative focuses. This seminar engages with the current exhibition Bacon/Freud La Scuola di Londra which is on at the Chiostro del Bramante in Rome until 23 February 2020. We celebrate the power and violence of Paula Rego’s art shortly before the exhibition on Artemisia Gentileschi opens at London’s National Gallery in April.

For more information on the exhibition at the Chiostro del Bramante please see https://www.chiostrodelbramante.it/