Fernando Botero - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction Hong Kong Thursday, December 3, 2020 | Phillips

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  • "Sculptures permit me to create real volume. One can touch the forms, one can give them smoothness, the sensuality that one wants." —Fernando Botero

    Donna Sdraiata on display at Chatsworth stately home in 2016
     Photo courtesy of Brian Jenkins


    • Provenance

      Galleria Benucci, Rome
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Artist Biography

      Fernando Botero

      Colombian • 1932

      Colombian artist Fernando Botero is known for his voluptuous and exaggerated paintings, sculptures and drawings. He studied under Roberto Longhi, a renowned authority on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, obtaining a remarkable art historical knowledge of Western Classicism. This dialogue between an erudite education and religious art for the masses is the key in the development of his aesthetic.

      Botero was also influenced by Mexican muralism, with which he became acquainted while living in Mexico City. The monumental scale of the human forms in the murals gave rise to the voluminous figures for which he is best known. Botero's works make mordant comments on society's shortcomings; they also incorporate classical elements and are imbued with political satire and caricature.

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Donna Sdraiata

incised with the artist's signature and number 'Botero 4/6' on the base
30 x 53 x 28 cm. (11 3/4 x 20 7/8 x 9 in.)
Executed in 2001, this work is number 4 from an edition of 6.

Full Cataloguing

HK$1,800,000 - 2,800,000 

Contact Specialist

Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 4 December 2020