I must tell you something in secret – I love Fernando Botero’s works.
There is something really interesting in his paintings. This Colombian figurative artist and sculptor, born in Medellín in 1932 (yes, that Medellín from “Narcos”!) has his signature style, also known as “Boterismo”. “Boterismo” depicts people and figures in large, exaggerated volume, which can represent political criticism or humor, depending on the piece. He is considered the most recognized and quoted living artist from Latin America, and his art can be found in highly visible places around the world, such as Park Avenue in New York City and the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
Botero loves to be inspired by classic art. Or maybe “inspiration” is a wrong word here – for me, Botero paints remakes offamous paintings. Just look:
1. La Fornarina, after Raphael
Fernando Botero, La Fornarina After Raphael, 2009, private collection
Raphael, La Fornarina, 1518-20, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica
2. La Menina, after Velasquez
Fernando Botero, La Menina (After Velazquez), 1982, private collection
Diego Velazquez. Las Meninas (the Maids of Honor). 1656. Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado.
3. The Arnolfini Portrait, after van Eyck
Fernando Botero, The Arnolfini Portrait 2 (after Van Eyck), 1978, private collection
Jan van Eyck. Giovanni Arnolfini and His Wife (the Arnolfini Portrait). 1434. The National Gallery, London.
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