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  • Provenance

    Spencer A. Samuels & Company, New York; Private Collection, New York

  • 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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COLOMBIAN

182

Old Lady

1969
Pencil on paper.
13 x 11 in. (33 x 27.9 cm).
Signed and dated "Botero 69" lower right corner.

Estimate
$15,000 - 20,000 

LATIN AMERICA

29 September 2010
New York