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Dancers, 2012Bronze 27 1/8 h x 17 w x 10 5/8 d in 69 h x 43 w x 27 d cm
Fortunately, my subjects have been very limited. In the history of sculpture, eighty percent of the subject matter has been a woman, either reclining standing or seated. It is a great tribute paid to the most beautiful form of nature. The interesting thing is that in returning to the same subject, you always say something different. This is one of the charms, one of the limitations and one of the difficulties that I describe in being a sculptor. You have to truly be original each time. -Fernando Botero, Botero in Washington, Washington, D.C., 1996
Dancers is a beautiful tabletop sculpture of a nude couple dancing, exemplifying Botero’s endless fascination with the age-old tradition of female and male forms. The bronze dancing partners are rendered in Botero’s rotund technique of ‘Boterismo,’ paying homage to his European predecessors in a distinct Latin American style. The fleshy eroticized figures with large rounded proportions reveal Botero’s mastery of emphasis on volume and sensuality of form. This bronze is both satirical and graceful, as it enchants and engages the viewer through art historical references of human forms and dancers in sculpture, themes dating back through time.
The whimsical proportions of Dancers are mirrored in Botero’s other bronze sculptures of people and animals, such as Woman on Horse and Maternity. Botero’s monumental public sculptures can be found on the streets of New York and Paris, among others. His mastery of voluptuous fleshy figures has become his trademark style and is immediately recognizable as Botero’s creations around the world.