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Botero Drawings [Hardcover]

By Marc Fumaroli (Author)
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Are the drawings of Fernado Botero "notes" for future works? Or, as Marc Fumaroli states in this book, something different which has a goal in and of itself?

Whether choosing one or the other theory, Botero's drawings strive to regain possession of an artistic ideal which leads not so much to the finding of the evident complexity of his paintings and sculpture but rather to an approach to the problems of concept and structure in the "Boterian" world.

When these "notes" or sketches reappear in canvas or bronze, they allow a glance into the gestation of Botero's work, peeping into the intimate knowledge of his craft which has been acquired through his creative process. But, when the sketch remains there, on paper, it suddenly finds its true calling, its own "place in the world" and it is no longer necessary for it to be projected into another future work. That is why these drawings have the charm of what has been made to last as it is, in a state of grace, or in a sort of transition towards a painting.

There is no lost experience for the artist. His drawings, as well as the magnificent gallery of portraits which make up this book, testify to it. Drawings by Botero is, not only an exact expression of his aesthetics, but also a study of his figures and an inner reflection of his pictorial world, through the lessons taught by the virtuosity displayed in handling line contouring and proportions.

Giving material form in a world far removed from the transitional, the series of drawings includes portraits--half real, half imaginary--or personages to whom Botero has given ironic, critical or tender lives in that world of his that has become dear to us: the bishop, the acolyte, the bullfighter, the lovers...the gallery is endless.

As it is, critical recognition of drawing limits itself to the mere credit of its usefulness as preliminary sketching in the case of many artists. In Botero's work, however, it is related to the ability to escalate towards another artistic dimension, that which implies making vital statements and decisions within the process of creating a work of art.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Villegas Editores
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12.53" Width: 10.41" Height: 1.32"
Weight:   5.42 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1999
Publisher   Villegas Editores
ISBN  958939373X  
ISBN13  9789589393734  

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Marc Fumaroli is a scholar of French classical rhetoric and art. He is a member of the British Academy, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Societe d'histoire litteraire de la France, and the Academie francaise. Fumaroli received from the Academie francaise, before being elected a member, the Monseigneur Marcel Prize in 1982 and the Critique Prize in 1992, and he is president of the Societe des Amis du Louvre. He won the Balzan Prize for Literary History and Criticism in 2001, and is the author of numerous books including L'Age de l'eloquence, Heros et orateurs, L'Ecole du silence, and Trois institutions litteraires.

Richard Howard received a National Book Award for his translation of Les Fleurs du mal and a Pulitzer Prize for Untitled Subjects, his third volume of poems. He is the translator of the NYRB Classics Alien Hearts and The Unknown Masterpiece.

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Drawings With Charm and Gentle Humor  Jun 19, 2000
Fernando Botero has never been in fashion in academic/art critic circles because his work is too accessible, too easy to like. Almost all of his work has a cartoonish quality that is disarming, often humorous, and easily accessible to people unschooled in the arcane art theories of the moment. Indeed, who wants critics and theoreticians around to distract one from the sheer enjoyment of what Botero has to offer? And enjoyment is what this book is about.

Botero's drawings are charming in both their subject matter and their execution, and this book shows them off superbly. Mixtures of watercolor, pencil, charcoal, or pastel, on paper or often on raw canvas, their techniques are varied and interesting. Admittedly their quality is somewhat variable, but at their best they are wry, eloquent, and riveting. Based on this book, I would love to own some of these drawings, but failing that, I am glad to own this book.


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