Fernando Botero

Woman Undressing, 1997
Charcoal on Paper, 45.7 x 35.6 cm


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About the artwork

Botero’s works are acclaimed and easily recognised by his unique style - ‘Boterismo’. His depiction of the nude is also subject to this alteration of the human form, enlarging human flesh and meat to appear exorbitantly bulky. Nudes allow for more scrutinisation of the body, with the folds and curves carving interesting portrayals. The act of undressing hence becomes crucial in this study, as the subject reveals her concealed parts, seducing us to gaze intently. The drawing also exposes viewers to a different attitude of female voyeurism, as Botero composes the figure in a forthright position from the viewer, with a distorted background commanding attention to lead back to the figure.

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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