28 - 29 May 2009
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Fernando Botero (Colombian b. 1932)
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.
Harriet Griffin Gallery, New York.
Acquired from the above (1977).
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Exhibition catalogue, Botero, Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, 1976, no. 24 (illustrated).
Paris, Galerie Claude Bernard, Botero, March 1976, no. 24.
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.
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