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The beautiful Italian girl in The Dogs of Barcelona

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Inspiration for The Dogs of Barcelona
Paula Rego Artist
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The Dogs of Barcelona, which is a picture about... I read it in The Times, that in Barcelona there were many stray dogs, and the authorities got really fed up, and so they poisoned chunks of meat, and they threw... threw it in the streets for the dogs to eat, so they’d die, poisoned. What happened was of course not just the... those dogs died, all dogs who ate the meat died, even people might have picked up the meat. It was very careless and off-hand way, like it would be under such a... such a regime as they had. And I used that. I thought, this is... this is what happens, you know, and I used that. I call it Stray Dogs, but it was The Dogs of Barcelona.

Portuguese painter Paula Rego, became part of the London Group in 1965, was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1989 and became the first Associate Artist of the National Gallery in London in 1990. Her work is strongly influenced by folk and fairy tales, especially those of her homeland.

Listeners: Catherine Lampert

Catherine Lampert is an independent curator, art historian and Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts. She was director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery (1988-2001) and has been a model for Frank Auerbach since 1978. Her recent projects include exhibitions of Rodin (Royal Academy 2006) and Lucian Freud (Dublin, Denmark and The Hague 2007-2008) as well as a book on Francis Alys (Turner Libros) and a catalogue raisonné of Euan Uglow's paintings (Yale University Press 2007).

Duration: 51 seconds

Date story recorded: August 2007

Date story went live: 02 October 2009