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Fernando Botero
NIÑO MORDIDO POR UN PERRO
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Fernando Botero
NIÑO MORDIDO POR UN PERRO
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Fernando Botero
生於1932年
NIÑO MORDIDO POR UN PERRO
signed and dated 69; signed, titled and dated 69 on the reverse
oil on canvas
46 1/4 by 37 1/4 in. 117.5 by 94.6 cm.
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來源

Marlborough Gallery, New York
Private Collection, Washington, D.C. (acquired from the above circa 1985) 
Thence by descent to the present owner

出版

Giorgi Soavi, Botero, Milan 1988, cat. no. 146, p. 174, illustrated

相關資料

Youthfully outfitted in a blue sailor’s uniform, Fernando Botero’s Niño mordido por un perro is an outstanding example of the artist’s signature style. Soft, tufted green trees provide a verdant environment for a moment of interrupted play, as Botero presents us a young boy just after a bite from an unseen dog. Painted in 1969 as Botero’s international renown was rapidly growing, the Colombian painter’s mastery of color is in clear evidence here. The subtle interplay between the blues of the boy’s eyes, the sky, and his jacket and the tender pinks contributes to the sweet melancholy of the image.

Characteristically for Botero, this universal childhood experience is presented with a lightly sarcastic tone; “Botero’s world is peopled with a cast of characters who are generally absurd and a little pathetic, doing mostly very ordinary things. But there is a warmth of approach and a human sympathy which saves them from the ugly and once seen they are never forgotten” (Tracy Atkinson, Botero, Munich 1970, p. 3). In Niño mordido por un perro, humor and melodrama come in through subtle details, in particular from the fine but bright shock of blood and the cartoonishly jagged shape of the bitemark. Conversely, the boy’s gleaming tears and the stick in his hand, perhaps about to be thrown to the dog outside the frame, evoke a genuine pathos and may call to mind the viewer’s own memories of skinned knees, cat scratches, and other tribulations of childhood.

Botero’s often-silly and always-endearing characters such as Niño mordido por un perro hold up a mirror to our own lives. In their stocky monumentality, they offer glimpses of our earnestness, sweetness, frailty and foolishness writ large.

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