Scarecrow and the Pig

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In his play 'Scarecrow and the Pig', Martin McDonagh tells the story of a pig that saves a scarecrow from a fire. But when the farmer arrives to slaughter the pig, the scarecrow does nothing to help its saviour. The moral of the story is recounted by a ladybird, who explains that we need to forgive the scarecrow which is inanimate. Paula Rego chose to make the scarecrow female and place it on a cross.

The Roberts Institute of Art



Scarecrow and the Pig




pastel on board


H 180 x W 120 cm

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