Fernando Botero (b. 1932): A family, 1989, Oil on canvas

Fernando Botero (b. 1932): A family, 1989, Oil on canvas

9/11/2021, 12:16:28 PM
Fernando Botero (b. 1932): A family, 1989, Oil on canvas, 241 x 195 cm, Museo Botero - Banco de la República, Bogota, Colombia . . Botero is an abstract artist in the most fundamental sense, choosing colours, shapes, and proportions based on intuitive aesthetic thinking. While his work includes still-lifes and landscapes, Botero has concentrated on situational portraiture. His paintings and sculptures are united by their proportionally exaggerated, or "fat" figures, as he once referred to them. Botero explains his use of these "large people", as they are often called by critics, in the following way: "An artist is attracted to certain kinds of form without knowing why. You adopt a position intuitively; only later do you attempt to rationalize or even justify it." The artist states: "I create my subjects somehow visualizing them in my style. I start as a poet, put the colors and composition down on canvas as a painter, but finish my work as a sculptor taking delight in caressing the forms." The traditional family has always been a constant source of exploration for Botero. When asked what he considered the most Latin American theme in his painting, Botero declared the family to be the subject “par excellence” for its complex composition that admits surprise solutions, as well as its historical resonance. . . 🖐️🖐️ Close-ups are in my story ☝️ 👆

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