Medellin, Colombia 1932 - lives in Monaco and Pietrasanta
"Still Life" (El Bodegón), 1971
pen, India ink and pencil on Velin paper
29,8 x 38,5 cm (11 3/4 x 15 1/8 in.)
"Still Life with Playing Cards", 1994
oil on canvas
102,3 x 125,8 cm (40 1/4 x 49 1/4 in.)
"Dressed Woman", 2000
185 x 70 x 70 cm (72 7/8 x 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in.)
bronze, with brown patina
92 x 101 x 62 cm (36 1/4 x 39 3/4 x 24 3/8 in.)
Fernando Botero is the best known Columbian contemporary artist and one of the most famous proponents of Latin American fine art. Botero's paintings, influenced by South American art, pre-Columbian works, modern artists like Diego Rivera as well as European artists such as Rubens and Velazquez, are a celebration of life. The figures that he paints are personifications of life, not fat, but ample, not shapeless, but voluptuous, royal, sensual and imperious. And although he always represents them in a slightly satirical manner, he never exposes them to ridicule. In addition to painting, Botero also devoted himself to sculpturing. A hallmark of his characteristic vocabulary of form is the exaggerated voluptuousness of his figures and objects which is even enhanced by the simultaneous reduction of details. Fernando Botero has frequently exhibited at Galerie Thomas; the gallery has been handling his work for decades.
'The first idea for a work is usually satirical, but that soon takes a back seat. It becomes love – and painting. From a certain moment on, the picture becomes a still life for me. To me, every painting is a still life.'
- Fernando Botero
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