Growing up in Portugal in the 1940s, Paula Rego was awed by the technicolour riches and prancing creatures of one Disney film after another. It was not until the 1990s, however, that the films started to surface in her work.
Rego (b. 1935) grew up in Lisbon with her grandmother after her father took a job as an electrical engineer in England, taking her mother with him. Her grandmother would take her to the cinema where Walt Disney was a recurring favourite, as she described in an interview in 2016.
I adored Disney. I went with my grandmother to the cinema whenever they were on. I liked Snow White too, and Dumbo. Fantasia was full of different stories. Watching Bambi, everybody cried, even the grown-ups.