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

Adam and Eve

Details
Fernando Botero (Colombian b. 1932)
Adam and Eve
each signed and numbered 'Botero 1/3' and stamped with a foundry mark (on the base)
bronze with dark brown patina
Adam: 141 x 67 x 38 in. (358.1 x 170.2 x 96.5 cm.) including base
Eve: 138 x 56 x 46 in. (350.5 x 142.2 x 116.8 cm.) including base
(2)Executed in 1990.
Edition one of three.
Provenance
Acquired from the artist.
Marlborough Gallery, New York.
James Goodman Gallery, New York.
Private collection, California, (acquired from the above in 1999).
Literature
M. Pacifico, S. Serra and G. Van Straten, Botero al forte Belvedere di Firenze, Florence, Fos, 1991, p. 43 (another cast illustrated).
Exhibition catalogue, Botero aux Champs-Elysées, sculptures monumentales, Paris, Didier Imber Fine Arts, 1993, p. 113 (another illustrated in color).
Exhibition catalogue, Botero in New York, New York, Public Art Fund, Inc., 1993, p. 63 (Adam) and p. 65 (Eve) (another cast illustrated in color).
Exhibition catalogue, Botero en Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1994, p. 142-143 (another cast illustrated in color).
Exhibition catalogue, Botero en Madrid, exposición de escultura monumental en el Paseo de Recoletos, Madrid, Caja de Madrid in collaboration with Galería Marlborough, 1994, p. 53 (Adam) and p. 51 (Eve) (another cast illustrated in color).
Exhibition catalogue, Botero in Washington at President's Park, Washington DC, Art Museum of the Americas, 1996, p. 40 (Adam) and p. 53 (Eve) (another cast illustrated in color).
Exhibition catalogue, Fernando Botero, esculturas monumentales y dibujos, Santiago, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1997, p. 29 (Adam) and p. 21 (Eve) (another cast illustrated in color).
Exhibtion catalogue, Fernando Botero, Lugano, Milan, Museo d'Arte Moderna della Città di Lugano, Skira, 1997, p. 211 (another cast illustrated in color).
Exhibition catalogue Botero em Lisboa, Lisbon, Plaza del Comercio, 1998, p. 37 (Adam) and p. 39 (Eve) (another cast illustrated in color).
J-C. Lambert and B. Villegas, Botero: Sculptures, Bogotá, Villegas Editores, 1998, nos. 186 and 187 (another cast illustrated in color).

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Lot Essay

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist and dated 1999.

For my entire life, I've felt as if I had something to say in terms of sculpture. It's a very strong desire...pleasure—that of touching the new reality that you create. Certainly, in a painting you give the illusion of truth, but with sculpture, you can touch its reality . . . . If I paint a knife in my pictures, it's imaginary, but if I sculpt it, then the sensation of having it in your hand is real— it's an object from your spirit, it's a sensual experience even in its execution. It brings a special joy to touch the material with your hands.
—Fernando Botero 1


1 As quoted in E. J. Sullivan, Botero Sculpture, New York, Abbeyville Press, 1986, 13.

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