Fernando Botero

Apples, 1961

Oil on Canvas
Signed "Botero" bottom right recto
Accompanied by certificate of authenticity issued by Fernando Botero
50 x 50 inches (127 x 127 cm.)
Very Good
Private Collection
South America
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Born in Medellin, Colombia, Fernando Botero is among Latin America’s most prominent artists. His figurative signature style depicts bodies and objects with their features proportionally exaggerated to an almost comedic point. Despite the humor in many of his depictions, he’s also used his art to expose controversial and uncomfortable political realities – in 2004, he exhibited several dozen drawings and paintings that explored the violence of Colombia’s drug cartels. A year later, he made major waves with his Abu Ghraib series, a collection of 85 paintings and 100 drawings denouncing the abusive treatment of prisoners in the Iraqi prison during the US military intervention in the country. Botero’s sculptures and paintings have achieved international recognition, earning a place in emblematic locations such as Park Avenue in New York and the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

This still-life painting belongs to the artist’s period of works inspired by the Renaissance. In creating this piece, however, he drew from more modern techniques, utilizing brushstrokes typically found in the abstract expressionist artistic practice. Apples remains of the few paintings of the artist depicting that fruit, as he would claim in an interview ten years later ‘I don't paint apples anymore. Oranges and bananas are the authentic fruits of the tropics. Apples are for snobs."

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