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Fernando Botero (b. 1932)
Fernando Botero (b. 1932)
Fernando Botero (b. 1932)
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Fernando Botero (b. 1932)

Still Life

Details
Fernando Botero (b. 1932)
Still Life
signed and dated 'BOTERO 08' (lower right)
watercolor and graphite on paper
12 1/8 x 16 1/8 in. (31.1 x 41 cm.)
Executed in 2008.
Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.
Anon. sale, Christie's, New York, 23 May 2012, lot 134.
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner.

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Lot Essay

This lot is sold with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.
The still life provides Botero with a chance to explore a theme in which style is more important than the subject-matter itself. The simplest form in nature is the orange, yet it is also the most difficult to paint. An orange by Van Gogh is different from one by Picasso or by Cézanne; Botero’s orange conveys the burden of his aesthetic convictions and his meditations on art, which shape his uniquely distinctive style. Botero’s work in [the still life] genre reflects his dictum that 'an artist’s style should be wholly recognizable even in the simplest figures.’
—Lina Botero, Fernando Botero: A Celebration

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