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Quick Hit: Fernando Botero

May 27, 2009

Fernando Botero is a Colombian painter and sculptor who is known for his use of “fat” people and animals in his art. On his use of large figures, he says “An artist is attracted to certain kinds of form without knowing why. You adopt a position intuitively; only later do you attempt to rationalize or even justify it.” (quoted on Wikipedia). Apparently he is very attracted to round forms (and why shouldn’t he be?). His major themes and motifs include: the contrast between curvy bodies and the square spaces that they inhabit, female nudes, images of violence that represent the plight of the Colombian people, and dancers. He has a very specific way of capturing the movement of figures that paradoxically seem frozen in space. Here’s a sampling of his work (I didn’t pick any of the violent ones because they didn’t seem as pertinent to the blog).

Woman Drinking with Cat


I love that even his oranges look extra plump.



The Bath

Woman with Dog

Now that’s a beach body!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2009 10:36 PM

    Interesting. Something about his female forms reminds me of Picasso’s Large Bather, which is one of my favourite artworks.

  2. blanchak permalink
    May 29, 2009 11:46 AM

    I have always really liked this artist. I hadn’t put it into the art-historical terms of round forms/square places but I think that’s what has always attracted me to this work—as much as crazy modern architecture is great, we build square buildings because they are an efficient use of space, as they should be. but somehow that has translated into straight lines being the eternal measurement of efficiency. Can’t we just toss out the idea of efficiency in association with anything living, breathing, growing? I believe we can measure efficiency one machine vs. one machine, but growingchangingbeing vs. growingchangingbeing? not so much. Crazy tendrils, deep webbed roots, big strong legs, curly leaves, round bodies—-beautiful, useful, necessary, efficient.

  3. edward permalink
    March 5, 2010 6:55 PM

    Hi there. I am trying to find out information on the paiting “Bather with do”. I am not even sure if it is the original name of this paiting.
    Do you happen to know which museum it is? When was it painted.
    I would appreciate if you could clarify this topics. I’m carrying out a research and I’d like to have this paiting to illustrate a section.
    Thank you very much,

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