Fernando Botero - Latin America New York Monday, November 24, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galería Adler Castillo, Caracas
    Christie's, New York, Latin American Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures, and Prints, November 24, 1992, lot 16
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    C. Ratcliff, ed., Botero, New York:Abberville Press, 1980, no.177, p.208 (another example illustrated)

  • 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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Reclining Nude

bronze with brown patina
7 1/4 x 13 1/4 x 7 3/4 in. (18.4 x 33.7 x 19.7 cm.)
Signed and numbered "Botero 4/6" on the base and stamped with foundry mark. This work is number 4 from an edition of 6.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $173,000

Contact Specialist
Laura González
Director of Latin American Art
New York
+1 212 940 1216

Latin America

New York Auction 24 November 2014 2pm