• Latin American Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2222

    Latin American Sale

    17 - 18 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 33

    Fernando Botero (Colombian b. 1932)

    Horse with saddle

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Fernando Botero (Colombian b. 1932)
    Horse with saddle
    signed and numbered 'Botero 3/6' (on the base)
    bronze with dark brown patina
    17½ x 16½ x 7½ in. (44 x 42 x 19 cm.)
    Edition three of six.


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    Animals have always played an important role in Fernando Botero's oeuvre--they are a recurring obsession which the artist has succinctly explored, developed and embraced creatively. During his trajectory, his animal subjects have included mischievous cats, loyal little dogs and plump birds and parrots such as the one in The Patio (lot 44) which sits on a veranda looking down a verdant courtyard. The horse, however, holds a special place. The splendid animal is part of many of his most notable works--both in painting and sculpture. Horse with Saddle, compact and potent, the sculpture bears all the characteristics of Botero's monumental figures--grace, power and nobility.

    Provenance

    Acquired form the artist.
    Private collection, Miami.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.