Fernando Botero, ‘Reclining Nude’, 2006, Phillips

Property from a Prominent Private American Collection

From the Catalogue:
The present lot by world-renowned artist Fernando Botero depicts a reclining nude carved from white Carrara marble, achieving a silky smooth surface that compels a physical response from the viewer. The sensual, yet reposed subject features the grandiose proportions for which Botero has become legendary, recalling the Latin American-rooted tradition that associates abundance with beauty.

Through employing marble in the creation of his Rubanesque figures, Botero continues in the traditions of Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo and Donatello. Reclining Nude is particularly alluring due to her somewhat ambiguous position. The viewer is left to determine her state of mind, contemplating if she is simply resting, awaiting an absent lover, or lost in deep personal thought.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed "Botero" on the lower edge

Marlborough Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Fernando Botero

Drawing inspiration from a diverse array of influences, from Renaissance masters such as Giotto and Paolo Uccello to the 20th-century Abstract Expressionist movement, Fernando Botero’s signature style is characterized by the use of rotund figures and inflated forms. His 1961 work Mona Lisa, Age 12 exemplifies his use of the dynamic brushwork typical of Abstract Expressionism, although used to depict the figure rather than for pure abstraction. In addition to employing techniques from major movements, Botero’s paintings frequently emulate the subject matter and compositions of past masters, his bulbous renderings of these familiar images often interpreted as gestures of irony or caricature. The rounded appearance of Botero’s painted figures is mirrored in his sculptural work, usually fabricated in bronze at a large scale and often displayed in public.

Colombian, b. 1932, Medellín, Colombia, based in Monte Carlo, Monaco and Pietrasanta, Italy