The funeral of painter Paula Rego, who died on June 8, at the age of 87, will take place on June 30, in London, a source close to the family told Lusa on Tuesday.
According to gallery owner Rui Brito, who represents the artist’s work in Portugal, the ceremony will be “very restricted, reserved only for family and close friends”.
The ceremony is scheduled for June 30 at a church in the Hampstead area of London, said Rui Brito, from Galeria 111.
One of the most acclaimed and awarded Portuguese artists internationally, Paula Rego died on the morning of June 8, at home, with her children. Born on January 26, 1935, in Lisbon, the artist studied in the 1960s at the Slade School of Art, in London, where she settled permanently from the 1970s, after marrying the painter Victor Willing (1928-1988). , but with regular visits to Portugal.
In 2009, a museum that houses part of Paula Rego’s work was opened, Casa das Histórias, in Cascais, which has organized exhibitions of her work and in dialogue with other artists.
The artist was awarded, among others, the Turner Prize in 1989 and the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Grand Prix in 2013.
She was distinguished, in Portugal, with the Grand Cross of the Military Order of Sant’Iago da Espada in 2004 and, in the United Kingdom, with the Order of the British Empire by Queen Isabel II in 2010, who awarded her the title of Dame, for the their contribution to the arts. In 2019, she received the Medal of Cultural Merit from the Government of Portugal.
The Portuguese Government declared national mourning for the death of the painter Paula Rego on the day of her funeral, a tribute approved by the Council of Ministers on 8 June.
On the other hand, the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, announced, on June 10, in London, that he will posthumously award the painter Paula Rego with the Grand Necklace of the Order of Camões, a distinction that will be formally awarded in Lisbon.