Fernando Botero - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Marlborough Gallery, New York
    Private Collection (acquired in 1982)
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Exhibited

    London, Marlborough Gallery, Fernando Botero: Recent Paintings, May 11 - June 3, 1983, no. 10, p. 27 (illustrated)
    Munich, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung; Kunsthalle Bremen; Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Fernando Botero: Bilder, Zeichnungen, Skulpturen, July 4, 1986 - May 10, 1987, no. 38, p. 94 (illustrated, titled Stilleben mit Flasche); then travelled as Madrid, Reina Sofía, Fernando Botero: Pinturas, Dibujos, Esculturas, June - August, 1987, no. 38, p. 96 (illustrated, titled Naturaleza muerta con botella)
    Knokke-Heist, Casino Knokke, Botero, June 27 - September 4, 1988, p. 18 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Xiaosheng Xing, Fernando Botero, Beijing, 1995, p. 43 (illustrated)
    Edward J. Sullivan and Jean-Marie Tasset, Fernando Botero: Monograph & Catalogue Raisonne Paintings 1975-1990, Lausanne, 2000, no. 1982/41, p. 328 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “When I paint an apple or an orange, I know you can tell it’s my painting and that I painted it, because what I’m looking for is to give every painted element, even the simplest one, a personality that comes from a deeply-held conviction.” 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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Still Life with Bottle

signed and dated "Botero 82" lower right
oil on canvas
43 1/2 x 66 in. (110.5 x 167.6 cm.)
Painted in 1982.

$300,000 - 500,000 

Sold for $399,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 14 November 2018