Galerie d’art Elart Swiss

Fernando Botero

Prochainement

Exposition dans le magnifique
Beau Rivage Palace Lausanne

Partenaire officiel de la Galerie Elart Swiss

artist’S BIOGRAPHY

Fernando Botero is a multifaceted artist with a strong interest in Latin American traditions and European art history. Thus, his perspective expresses his fascination for exaggerated proportions, reflecting his love for pre-Columbian art and the imported forms of Italian art of the 14th and 15th centuries, a time when the excitement of volume was a cult.

Following a first sculpture exhibition at the Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne in 2017, the Elart Swiss Art Gallery is reinstalling works by the famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero in the fall of 2019. This time, his paintings will be honored. From 2 October 2019, the public will be able to discover no less than five exceptional paintings, including works from his private collection:

“Woman with Lipstick” and “Woman with fur and coat”, a street scene with “People in the street”, as well as two still lifes: “Fruits” and “Still life with orange”.

While the artist focuses on a wide range of subjects, such as street scenes, portraits and still lifes, a stylistic consistency prevails. The round and voluptuous shapes can be appreciated at a glance, whether for characters or everyday objects. His use of colors is his trademark, with the presence of warm tones and bright colors. Moreover, Botero’s characters are world-famous, yet his still lifes are not as widely known… Paradoxically, they are essential for a good understanding of his work.

Through these five paintings, we can appreciate both the stylistic similarity and the coherence that exists between such different subjects. This is what the artist wanted to express. For him, stylistic primacy is more relevant than the subject itself: “I think it is very important for stylistic coherence to dominate the form of expression. In other words, in my work, you will find that each element is represented in the same style. This approach permeates the entire canvas. When you look at a still life, you notice that the knives and forks, the fruit, the table, the napkin, everything is rendered in the same way, so that the whole work gives a feeling of unity, harmony and coherence. This is what communicates its essential truth.” Fernando Botero found his unmistakable style while painting a mandolin during his stay in Mexico. The round shape of the mandolin was then transposed to the characters, women and men in his canvases. With this new exhibition at the Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne, the curious, the neophytes and the art lovers will have the exceptional opportunity to appreciate Botero’s style through the varied works of the most talented and the most renowned South American artist of his generation.

Collection

Woman with Lipstick

Woman with Lipstick

Private collection. Not for sale This painting is a very well balanced work around a predominant pinkish red background and uses the reflection of the woman in the mirror as a way of depicting the figure from three distinct angles. The viewer may notice the use of the...

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Fruits

Fruits

Private collection. Not for sale    Oil on Canvas Size: 131 x 205 cm - 2009  Provenance: Private collection of the Artist  Signed on the right corner “Botero 09”  This painting comes with a certificate of authenticity.  How can an artist create a universe so unique...

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Woman with fur and coat

Woman with fur and coat

Private collection. Not for sale Color harmony is one of the most important principles in the art of Fernando Botero, and this painting reveals it: the blues, the greens and the color of the dress create a pleasant and balanced atmosphere of serene happiness and...

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Still Life with Orange

Still Life with Orange

Private collection. Not for sale    Oil on Canvas  1989  Size: 177 X 149 cm   Provenance: Artist´s Private Collection  Signed in the right corner “Botero 89”  This painting comes with a certificate of authenticity     Many people tend to underestimate the...

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People in the Street

People in the Street

Private collection. Not for sale Oil on Canvas  164 X 102  - 2016    "Creative freedom is in the improbable things" says Botero. Although he has always declared himself a follower of Renaissance, his distance from the academic proportions and his subversion to...

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