Studying the Masters
One of the world's most recognised and talented living artists, Fernando Botero quickly rose to fame in the United States when the Museum of Modern Art acquired his gigantic painting Mona Lisa, Age 12 in the 1960s. One of the major paintings from this survey of Botero's work in the 0 November sale is Nuesta Señora de Nueva York (top right). Painted in his early mature style, it is characterized by the use of rotund figures and inflated forms. Botero portrays himself at the foot of the figure of the Madonna. As a painter well-versed in art history, Nuestra Señora is a nod to his Spanish Colonial background while the painting Card Players (bottom right) points to modernity and to one of his preferred artists, Paul Cezanne.
Latin American Sale
New York | 20 and 21 November 2013