Botero frequently draws inspiration from the places and experiences he has lived while also working in dialogue with the masters of Western art history. His oeuvre ranges from street scenes to brothels to pastiches of masterpieces by titans of the Western canon. It is rather fitting then that the mature artist has chosen to revert to a theme that has ignited the imaginations of artists throughout the ages: Georges Seurat, Edouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Alexander Calder, and Botero’s childhood hero, Pablo Picasso, to name a few.
A chance encounter with a traveling circus in Mexico in 2006 became a source of inspiration for his most recent body of circus works. Enraptured by the blend of make believe, absurdity and endless possibility, Botero capture the quotidian and extraordinary details of this spectacle. In White Pierrot, a lone circus performer stands center stage preparing to break out in song, clad in a white costume and painted face, starkly contrasted by his pink tights and yellow guitar. The curtain behind him is slightly pulled back, showing a glimpse of the audience behind him. This work exemplifies the artist’s meticulous attention to color and detail, allowing the viewer to be drawn into the wonder and whimsy of the circus.
Pierrot, a central character in the Italian improvised theater tradition of commedia dell’Arte typified by his hardworking, trustworthy and honest qualities and devotion to his master, is rendered masterfully in André Derain’s Harlequin and Pierrot and bears important similarities to Botero’s Pierrot. Both Pierrots are portrayed in the iconic tasseled white costume of the character, jauntily dancing with instruments held aloft. Botero employs his signature volumetric style to enhance the satirical mood of the composition, imbuing his Pierrot with an air of levity.
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