Fernando Botero

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H. N. Abrams, 1977 - 55 pages
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Fernando Botero: paintings and drawings

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Round upon round upon round, the figures in Botero's paintings stare out of the canvas with small, fixed features, stolid and unblinking: the stuff of fable and fantasy, satire and social comment ... Read full review


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An interview with Fernando Botero by Wibke von Bonin
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Marc Fumaroli, well known French expert and scholar on Rhetorics, Art and Literature was born in Marseilles in 1932. Author of numerous publications, including essays and investigations, he has also been a professor, guest lecturer and teacher at various universities and other academic and research institutions in Europe and USA. He is also a member of several societies of specialized studies in France and other countries, among them the British Academy, the American Academy of Science, Letters and Arts, and the "Societe d'Histoire Litteraire de la France," Marc Fumaroli often writes in specialized magazines as well as in French newspapers "Figaro "and" Le Monde," He was chosen in 1995 as a member of the "Academie Francaise," chair Number 6, succeeding Eugene Ioneso. Fumaroli has received the "Monseigneur Marcel "and the" Critique" prizes in 1982 and 1992, respectively, and is President, since 1996 of the "Societe des Amis du Louvre,"
Fernando Botero, the Colombian painter born in Medellin on April 19, 1932, is known throughout the world as one of the great artists of the second half of the twentieth century. He held his first public exhibition of paintings at the age of 16 and moved to Bogota when he was 19. In 1952, he travelled to Madrid where he enrolled in the Academia de San Fernando and intensively studies the paintings in the Prado Museum. A year later, he travelled to Italy and devoted himself to studying Renaissance art in Florence. In 1955, Botero returned to Bogota where he spent five years before moving to New York where he lived until 1973. He then settled in Paris and began working in sculpture. In 1983, he established his home and studio in Piertrasanta, a village inTuscany, Italy.
Both the pictorial and sculptural work of Botero have been widely exhibited, awakening the admiration and enthusiasm of art-lovers all over the world.
At the present time, Botero lives and works in Paris, New York and Pietrasanta.

Both a historian and a writer, German Arciniegas was born in Bogota, Colombia, the son of a Colombian father and a Cuban mother. A skilled observer of society, he has written about Latin American history and culture in numerous books, essays, biographies, and articles in magazines and newspapers throughout the Americas. As a historian, Arciniegas complains that textbooks on history are generally limited to political history. Most of his work focuses, not on the political history of specific countries, but on the many facets of Latin American culture and society in general. He has devoted thousands of pages to narratives of common people, common events, and common things. His literary legacy is an excellent point of departure from which to penetrate into the Latin American psyche. The most controversial aspect of Arciniegas's writing is his treatment of Spain. He is often critical of the conquistadores, the Spanish crown, and the colonial system in general. He is a firm believer in the Leyenda Negra, or Black Legend, which holds that the conquistadores killed the Native Americans, that colonists exhausted the mines, and that Spanish officials did nothing but justify the abuses that they themselves often perpetrated. Even so, he concedes that the people who conquered America were ordinary people, some from the lowest strata of Spanish society, and his descriptions of Spanish expeditions in America enhance the heroic status of many of these anonymous early explorers.

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