Pleasantly plump With whimsical irony and a style reminiscent of the old masters, Fernando Botero (b.1932) began painting caricatured animals and corpulent bodies with disproportionate heads at a time when his contemporaries were fervently rejecting figurative work in favor of abstraction.
More recently he has expanded into sculpture, creating delightful large-scale bronze works portraying the same sorts of voluminous figures he so loved to paint.
Like the writings of Gabriel Garcia Marquez or the music of Astor Piazzola, Botero s work has come to represent modern Latin American culture.
About the Series: Each book in TASCHEN s Basic Art series features: a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance a concise biography approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions "
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 96 pages, Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (some col.)
- Publisher: Taschen GmbH
- Publication Date: 31/10/2003
- Category: Painting & paintings
- ISBN: 9783822821299
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Review by dr_zirk
This is a great basic introduction to Fernando Botero's life and art, and doesn't shy away from exploring questions around just how much of a "serious" artist Botero is (given the somewhat bland and unchallenging nature of some of his paintings). As with other titles in this series, plenty of high-quality reproductions of the oeuvre are included, which makes this book a bargain for the low cover price.