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Clown con Palla, 2007
Mixed media on paper
13 3/4 h x 16 1/2 w in
35 h x 42 w cm

“At the circus, one finds colors, movements, poetry, expressions of the human spirit that one finds nowhere else.” – Fernando Botero

After Botero chanced upon a Mexican circus along the Pacific coast, he began to render the wit and humor of the circus world. Clown con Palla, like many circus works of exaggerated acrobats, tamers, performers, clowns, and animals reveal the inner world of the circus. Clown con Palla is a mixed media on paper drawing of a pneumatically inflated clown, a style known as the artist’s signature ‘Boterismo’ technique. The large rounded body of the clown, with small hands and feet, is doing a handstand in the center of a circus tent. The volume of this acrobat allows the artist to apply more details with a sensuality and profusion of form. His striped costume with ruffles, comical pointed hat, and amusing position is characteristic of colorful lives and exciting performances of the circus. Other Botero circus works include Lion Tamer and Pierrot.