Fernando Botero

Dancers II (2010), 2010
Pencil and Water Colour on Canvas, 130 x 95 cm


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About the artwork

With his distinct style depicting rotund figures, Botero presents a pair of dancers moving with restraint. Their movement appears rigid, drawn with precision from the position of their hands to their stern expressions. However, even if movement is absent in Botero's waltz, it can still be found in the shapes of the bodies, round and dynamic, erasing all rigidity of the dance and adding warmth to an otherwise austere image. The dashes of neutral beige hues add further light, thus hinting at inherent affection and familiarity between the couple, despite them straying from conventional expressions of love.

About the artist

Born in 1932 in Medellin, Colombia, Fernando Botero is an artistic living legend of our times. A prolific artist and creator of the signature style ‘Boterismo’, the artist’s rounded musings have made him a global figure in the contemporary art world, and the artistic ambassador of Colombian pursuit. Rounded from convention, distinctive in spite of the commonplace, and tied to Colombian history and heritage - his curvaceous forms have reached monumental heights, and are collected by major museums, corporations and private collectors all over the world, including the United States, Korea, and Mexico City, to name a few.

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