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Synopsis: The drawings and paintings illustrated in this newly revised and beautifully designed volume provide a wonderful chronicle of Fernando Botero's creative life from 1982 to the present. Culled from extensive conversations, the accompanying text brings to the reader the voice of an artist who regards painting as a "physical necessity" declaring that "when I think of reality, I think of a painted reality." Many of these images of generals and prostitutes, lovers and solitary men, horses and cows, bishops and ladies gathered in gardens-have never been published before. Impassive and seemingly mute, Botero's people nevertheless inhabit their world with a fullness and sensuousness that is unforgettable and powerful.
The matches and groups of works on these pages have been made by the artist himself, who has attended to the book with the same affection brought to each painting and drawing. In the process of creating this volume he has joined forces with Paola Gribaudo, the Turin-based designer who has collaborated with him for thirteen years. In oil or pastel on canvas, each stroke of the brush or movement of the hand is made with the knowledge that it will create another small but important part of the rich and enigmatic world for which he is so well known. Rounding out the volume are a list of illustrated works, list of exhibitions, and selected bibliography.
As the reader turns these pages, a portrait of the artist as inventor of his own life emerges that is every bit as compelling as the pictures he has brought into being. How was this young Colombian transformed into an international artist who lives and works in new York, Paris, Monte Carlo, and Tuscany? We learn of the "journey within the journey." Of Botero drawing "like a painter, creating the volumes from the inside out." His studies of Caravaggio, Ingres, Van Eyck, and Goya inform his view that it is finally the familiar, local world that is universal and memorable.
About the Author:
Ana Maria Escallon is the director of the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C. She was formerly a journalist, international curator, and art critic.
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Book Description Rizzoli, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Book has former owner's inscription on front end paper, otherwise as new; clean, tight and unmarked. Dust jacket has minor shelfwear on back cover, otherwise as new, now covered in mylar. 2nd Printing. Bookseller Inventory # 919152
Book Description Rizzoli, 2000. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Revised Edition; First Printing. In gift-giving condition. As New. Tight, clean and crisp. A faint trace from a removed price sticker to endpaper, otherwise As New. No inscriptions. No remainder mark. Not price clipped. Not ex-library. In excellent condition and now protected in a new Mylar cover. As New. ; 12.36 X 10.31 X 1.18 inches; 240 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 26509
Book Description Rizzoli, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 2nd Edition. 0847823601 Green Cloth Boards, Gilt Titled Spine And Blind Stamped Front Panel, No Visible Edge Wear, Unclipped Jacket Has Very Minuscule Wear, Contents Clean And Bright, Looks And Feels Unread, Binding Tight And Square, Over 15 Years Book Selling Experience, Buy With Confidence. Bookseller Inventory # 31118545
Book Description Rizzoli, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110847823601
Book Description 2000, 2000. Escallon, Ana Maria (artist interview). BOTERO New Works on Canvas. 240 pp., nearly 200 colour plates. 4to, cloth. New York, Rizzoli International, 2000. Revised and expanded from the 1997 edition. Bookseller Inventory # 92663