Botero: Paintings 1975-1990
Botero charges his works with ambiguous allusions to the culture of his homeland. Scenes that seem cheerful and harmless, actually provide profound insight into the history of (post)colonialism. Regarding this heavy-weight catalogue you cannot avoid the phenomenon Botero, as it is presented in such colourful and huge manner and leaves no wishes concerning its scientific value. The volume is the fruit of several years of research and covers Botero’s paintings produced from 1975 to 1990: a reference tool combining scientific insight with aesthetic pleasure. “No, I don’t paint fat people“, is how Botero answers this question time and again, a statement that comes across at first confusing and provocative. But the different meanings unfold when scrutinized under the lens of both his historical development and the intentions of the messages that his paintings, drawings and sculptures convey.
English text. First edition. Full title, Botero: Monograph and Catalogue Raisonné; Paintings 1975-1990. Catalogue raisonné under the direction of Carole Hobi, assisted by Marlborough Gallery Inc., Goodman Gallery, and Brusberg Gallery. The first of a five volume publication. Essays by Edward J. Sullivan and Jean-Marie Tasset.
“In the very beginning, some of my paintings were done with a satirical idea. But these were almost exclusively in the beginning; as when I did the presidential family, and the dictators. My deeper interest is in the sensual, plastic language of painting and in the expansion of form.” — Fernando Botero