Lot 120
  • 120

Fernando Botero (b. 1932)

600,000 - 800,000 USD
bidding is closed


  • Fernando Botero
  • Desnudo ante el espejo
  • signed and dated 83 lower right
  • oil on canvas
  • 71 1/2 by 47 1/2 in.
  • 181.6 by 120.3 cm


Marlborough Gallery, New York
Private Collection, New York


Chicago, KN Gallery, Fernando Botero. Paintings, Pastels and Sculptures, November 2-December 29, 2007, p. 22, illustrated in color


Edward J. Sullivan, Jean-Marie Tasset, et. al., Botero. Monograph & Catalogue Raisonné, Paintings 1975-1990, Lausanne, 2000, p. 345, no. 30, illustrated

Catalogue Note

"Botero’s women are not fat. They are space. They don’t have a sweet tooth. They are not stuffed with pastry. They are hungry for space. Much as our illusory pinup from Esquire magazine, they occupy the totality of the picture. The difference is that the blond beauty in Esquire, swinging over a white expanse with no illustrated distraction, was the very playful metaphor of movement. Swinging, she had fun. Botero’s women do not move. As our Latin grannies used to say, they stay put: sosegadas. And this is because, for Botero, painting is not movement. It is stillness." 

Carlos Fuentes in Botero: Women, Rizzoli Ed., New York, 2003, p. 8