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Fernando Botero: Drawings and Watercolors Hardcover – March 15, 1993

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From Publishers Weekly

Celebrating human life in all its physicality, Colombian artist Fernando Botero's drawings and watercolors feature the same characters as his oil paintings. Corpulent nudes, lovers, evil dictators, pompous lawyers and generals, buxom society ladies, macho gents, village musicians, self-important clerics, intent card players and dour yet benign nuns are all protagonists in the comically ironic drama the artist finds all around him. His figures, inflated as if by helium, mirror his fellow Colombians' passivity but also their self-possession, nobility and the strong transformative impulses simmering beneath their placid exteriors. His pulsating still lifes speak of abundance and bounty. In this lavishly illustrated monograph, Sullivan ( Botero: Sculpture ) traces the constant dialogue in Botero's work with European Old Masters and with Latin American colonial baroque art.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Botero's drawings and watercolors, some of which presumably were studies for paintings, are interesting in themselves as demonstrations of the Colombian artist's interests and techniques. Unfortunately, the introduction Sullivan (fine arts, New York Univ.) provides to these works is too short to be of much use. He neither establishes Botero's connection to the great masters nor provides a discussion of methodology. In addition, Sullivan, who is also the author of Botero Sculpture (Abbeville, 1986), should have discussed the reasons behind the artist's decision to caricature his subjects and evaluated the message conveyed by their bloated bodies. Nevertheless, this volume brings before the public a wider selection of Botero's work and at times gives us a better understanding of his concerns. The informative short biography at the end will be of interest to the educated lay readers for whom this book is designed.
- Martin Chasin, Adult Inst., Bridgeport, Ct.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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