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Fernando Botero (Colombian B. 1932)
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. MACKENZIE GORDON
Fernando Botero (Colombian B. 1932)

a. Los Arnolfini-3 dated and signed '64 Botero' (lower right), and titled 'LOS ARNOLFINI-3' (lower left) oil on canvas 38 x 39 in. (96.5 x 99 cm.) Painted in 1964. b. French Poodle signed and dated 'Botero 65' (lower right), signed and dated again and titled (on the reverse) oil on canvas 18 x 17 in. (46 x 43.5 cm.) Painted in 1965. Two in one lot. (2)

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Fernando Botero (Colombian B. 1932)
a. Los Arnolfini-3
dated and signed '64 Botero' (lower right), and titled 'LOS ARNOLFINI-3' (lower left)
oil on canvas
38 x 39 in. (96.5 x 99 cm.)
Painted in 1964.

b. French Poodle
signed and dated 'Botero 65' (lower right), signed and dated again and titled (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
18 x 17 in. (46 x 43.5 cm.)
Painted in 1965.

Two in one lot. (2)
Provenance
a. Acquired from the artist (1969).
b. The Contemporaries Gallery, New York.
Literature
a. Fernando Botero, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1979, pp. 27, 59, no. 16 (illustrated twice).
D. Brusberg, Fernando Botero "Der umgekehrte Kolumbus," Brusberg Dokumente 36, Berlin, 1996, p. 10 (illustrated).

Lot Essay

Botero's longtime fascination with European painting during what has been described as the "classical period" of his career, led to a series of fascinating works based on masterpieces by Italian and Flemish masters.

The few versions by Botero of Jan van Eyck's The Arnolfini Portrait, 1434, in the National Gallery in London, remain prime examples of his work from the 60's, which catapulted the artist to international fame.

Botero's rendition of the Arnolfini, as seen in the present lot, is the most economical- and perhaps the sweetest- of all, as he has omitted narrative elements such as the chandelier, the mirror and the dog from the original painting, to concentrate on the couple who projects domesticity as a timeless ideal.

Another painting, French Poodle, dated a year later, was paired by the present owner decades ago to complement this scene and it is offered here as a companion piece.
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