Man on horseback -
Colombian-born painter and sculptor, best known for his satirical
paintings of oversized, fleshy figures with large limbs and small
bodies. Botero began making sculptures in 1971 as a natural evolution
from his voluminous, three dimentional paintings, and now spends
most of his summers working on sculpture at his home in Tuscany,
near a reliable foundry. His rounded, smooth, rubbery sculptures
of people and animals exhibit a comic disregard for correct proportions.
This self-assured gentleman in a suit and a bowler hat, his legs
as large as those of the horse, emerges from the surrounding woods
to greet visitors to the Museum. This recurrent theme is derived
from a childhood memory of his father on horseback setting off
into the mountains to work. The completely smooth surface of the
sculpture and its rounded contours are characteristic of Botero's
intense interest in volumetric shapes and forms.
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