Botero's subject matter, wide-ranging and deeply rooted in his South American heritage, includes portraits, bordello scenes, bullfights, landscapes, and still lifes. The artist's awareness of tradition is reflected in his consummate technical ability - he has revived the art of pastel, for example, to great effect - and in a number of adaptations of works by such earlier masters as Durer, Leonardo, and Velazquez.
The expertly reproduced paintings and drawings in this book have been selected with the artist's help to provide a comprehensive overview of his work in these media over the past three decades. The plates are complemented by an introduction that discusses Botero's place in contemporary art and elucidates his work processes, by a fascinating interview with the artist, by detailed biographical notes, and by an exhibition history and a bibliography. Six short stories by Botero reveal a less familiar facet of the artist's creative personality....Continua