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Fernando Botero

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  • Fernando Botero
  • inscribed Botero, numbered 2/3 and stamped with the foundry mark Fonderia Mariani Pietrasanta lu Italy
  • bronze


Galerie Hopkins-Custot, Paris
Private Collection, Switzerland (acquired from the above in 2007)
Acquired from the above by the present owner


Zurich, Skulpturenausstellung Hotel Baur au Lac, Great Art...outdoors and table top pieces, 2007
Berlin, Lustgarten, Botero in Berlin, Monumental Sculptures, 2007, illustrated in colour in the catalogue (titled Dressed Woman)
Bad Ragaz, Kleinkunstfestival at Alten Bad Pfäfers, 4th International Sculpture Triennial, 2009


Lina Botero, Mario Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes, et. al., Fernando Botero. Una Celebración, illustration in colour of another cast p. 293

Catalogue Note

Botero’s characterful Standing Woman is overtly stylised, executed with great economy of detail. Cast in bronze, and demonstrating a linear precision so rarely attainable in three dimensions, it wonderfully exemplifies the unique aesthetic developed as a result of Botero’s pursuit of beauty through form and volume. As he has explained: ‘I never give particular traits to my figures. I don’t want them to have personality, but rather that they represent a type that I create. My sculptures do not carry any messages social or otherwise … what matters for me is the form, the voluptuous surfaces which emphasise the sensuality of my work’ (quoted in Botero aux Champs Élysées (exhibition catalogue), Paris, 1992, p. 14, translated from the French).

Born in 1932, the renowned Colombian artist Fernando Botero began his career as a painter shortly after completing university education at San José de Marinilla. His early œuvre was founded on an appreciation of diverse visual sources – including Pre-Colombian art, the Mexican muralists, Baroque architecture and the paintings of Gauguin and Picasso – and was initially restricted to painting and drawing. It was not until 1973 when he settled in Paris that Botero began to sculpt, developing a distinctive figurative style that combines a highly spirited iconography with the grandeur and gravity befitting of public statuary.