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The Baroque World of Fernando Botero [Hardcover]

John Sillevis

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9 Mar 2007
Colombian-born Fernando Botero (b. 1932) is a painter, sculptor, and draftsman renowned for his extravagantly rounded figures combining the polish and excess of Spanish colonial baroque with the social realism of the Mexican muralists. Their humorous exaggeration belies the more serious content of Botero's work, as a commentary on colonialism, political instability in Latin America, and the vernacular artistic traditions of the region, as well as European art history. Accompanying the artist's first American retrospective in over thirty years, "The Baroque World of Fernando Botero" is the most extensive study of his life and work to date. Drawn exclusively from Botero's private collection, the one hundred works featured in this book, including previously unpublished paintings and drawings, represent the full scope of his oeuvre from a uniquely personal perspective. Many of these, portraits of friends and family members and remembered scenes, have remained in the artist's possession since their creation, while others he has bought back over the years as markers of significant developments in his career. Three scholarly essays examine the artist's creative life, from the aesthetic environment in which Botero developed his unique style to his catalyzing influence on the Colombian art world of the 1960s and 70s.

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John Sillevis is chief curator of the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague. David Elliot is director of the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. Edward J. Sullivan is professor of fine arts and dean of humanities at New York University and author of Latin American Art.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Baroque Botero, Beautiful Book 22 Sep 2007
By Sugar Cookie - Published on Amazon.com
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Most important in such a book is that the reproductions are well done and these are. Excellent reproductions of Botero's masterful paintings, drawings, and sculptures. If you aren't able to see the exhibit firsthand, the catalogue is not a bad substitute. The text is interesting and succinctly written. Even the orange ribbon page-marker is a nice touch. This luscious book is a shining example of what an art catalogue should be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book for Art Lovers 2 Nov 2013
By Charlene Nemec - Published on Amazon.com
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I have only looked at the pictures so far. I was hoping for a few more of the pictures that are found in the two Botero art museums in Columbia. I still think it is a very good book.
4.0 out of 5 stars BOOK FROM LIBRARY 28 Mar 2014
By rima raynes - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't expect the book to have several library marks, stickers and dates, Otherwise it is in good condition and I got it on time.
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