Death Of Pablo Escobar[caption id="attachment_1616" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Fernando Botero, Death of Pablo Escobar, 1999, Museo de Antioquia, Medellín[/caption] Here Botero presents Escobar fleeing the chase across the roofs of Medellín, just before being taken down by the police on December 2nd, 1993. The painter represented Escobar as a giant on the roofs of several houses with “bullets raining down”. Botero painted several paintings presenting Escobar's death. But what's interesting, in the context of the war between drug trafficking Cartels, the Cali Cartel planted a bomb in Pablo Escobar’s house in 1993. Botero gave an interview then and said the following: “When they put a bomb in Pablo Escobar house, they emphasized the fact that he had a Botero in his house and this resonated widely with the Colombian press. So, I asked the director of the newspaper El Tiempo to write an editorial and inform the public that I felt repugnance due to the fact that Escobar had one of my works. My journalist friend suggest me to leave the country for my safety after writing the editorial, and so I did, I packed and went to Europe”.
Pablo Escobar Dead[caption id="attachment_1615" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Fernando Botero, Pablo Escobar Dead, 2006, Museo de Antioquia, Medellín[/caption] This work is connected to another painting made public by Botero in 2006, a painting titled “La muerte de Pablo Escobar”. This painting shows three characters: a police officer, a woman and Pablo Escobar. The size of each character indicates hierarchy: Pablo is a giant that preferred a tomb in his country full of mountains and traditional small towns than a jail in a modern city in the United States. The police officer is next in importance, timidly showing with his finger and face full of disbelief that Escobar has passed away with a pistol in his hand, and, finally, the woman has her hands placed as if praying and her face as if he were worshipping a martyr or a saint. The painting clearly shows the role that the drug lords played in the society, for some he was a villain, but for others he was a hero or even a martyr: “He helped the poor and died fighting”.
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