Fernando Botero

Naked Woman, 1980
Graphite on Paper, 38 x 46 cm


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About the artwork

Women without any clothing have been a major subject of Art since the Renaissance, and the depiction of women with excessive flesh is not uncommon - from figurative painter Lucian Freud to modern-day contemporary Jenny Saville. The naked body or idealised nude has been an interest of study amongst artists. Botero draws a naked woman, posed in a composed seating position, displaying nonchalant gaze. The woman appears vulnerable, resigned to fate, undisturbed by her surroundings. The plight of the woman and her subjection to our judgement is due to her corpulent body, premeditated by Botero to conjure viewers to think about the body with individual and social considerations.

About the artist

Born in 1932 in Medellin, Colombia, Fernando Botero is an artistic living legend of our times. A prolific artist and creator of the signature style ‘Boterismo’, the artist’s rounded musings have made him a global figure in the contemporary art world, and the artistic ambassador of Colombian pursuit. Rounded from convention, distinctive in spite of the commonplace, and tied to Colombian history and heritage - his curvaceous forms have reached monumental heights, and are collected by major museums, corporations and private collectors all over the world, including the United States, Korea, and Mexico City, to name a few.

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