Fernando Botero - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Literature

    Carole Hobi, ed., Fernando Botero, Monograph & Catalogue Raisonné, Paintings 1975 - 1990, Lausanne, 2000, no. 20, p. 253 (illustrated)
    Santiago Londoño Vélez, Botero: La Invención de una Estética, Bogota, 2003, p. 537

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I don’t paint green or blue faces, as Chagall or Picasso did. I don’t see that as being my mode of expression, because I retain a respect for reality and I want to believe that what I paint is always within the realm of the possible. My art touches reality, creates a parallel reality, a possible reality." Fernando Botero

  • 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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Portrait of Nadine Haim

signed and dated “Botero 77” lower right; further signed, titled and dated "NADINE HAIM BOTERO 77" on the reverse
oil and printed paper collage on canvas mounted on board
34 7/8 x 32 5/8 in. (88.5 x 83 cm.)
Painted in 1977.

$120,000 - 180,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 15 May | On View at 432 and 450 Park Avenue