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    Sale 2173

    Latin American Sale

    28 - 29 May 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 3

    Fernando Botero (Colombian b. 1932)

    The Family

    Price Realised  

    Fernando Botero (Colombian b. 1932)
    The Family
    signed and dated 'Botero 75' (lower right)
    graphite on paper
    17 x 13 7/8 in. (43.2 x 35.2 cm.)
    Executed in 1975.


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    In the drawings of any artist we are able to observe the direct confrontation with the blankness of the paper--with nothingness that exists before the creative process gets underway....The majority of Botero's drawings, however, are conceived as independent works of art. Rarely, if ever, do they directly repeat a composition the artist has executed in oils. It is equally rare for a drawing to be reinstated in a painting. Botero is able to evoke a sensuous velvety texture in these works that lends them a special appeal.

    E. J. Sullivan, Botero: Drawings and Watercolors, Rizzoli, New York, 1993, x.

    Provenance

    Harriet Griffin Gallery, New York.
    Acquired from the above (1977).


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT CHICAGO COLLECTION


    Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, Botero, Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, 1976, no. 24 (illustrated).


    Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie Claude Bernard, Botero, March 1976, no. 24.