Fernando Botero - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galleria Tega, Milano
    Acquired by the present owner from the above

  • Exhibited

    Lugano, Museo d'Arte Moderna, Fernando Botero, 31 July - 12 October 1997, pp. 172, 174 (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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Man at Table

signed and dated 'Botero '97' lower right
graphite on paper
43.2 x 35.6 cm (17 x 14 in.)
Executed in 1997.

£18,000 - 25,000 

Sold for £23,750

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 4 October 2018