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Man on a Horse, 2010Bronze 50 3/4 h x 30 3/8 w x 24 d in 129 h x 77 w x 61 d cm
Man on Horse is a stunning bronze sculpture of a suited man sitting on a robust horse. The man wears an intricately detailed suit and top hat while he sits on a saddle holding the horse’s reigns. This monumental larger-than-life sculpture exemplifies Botero’s endless fascination with the age-old tradition of human forms. This classical depiction of a man on horseback is rendered in Botero’s rotund technique of ‘Boterismo,’ paying homage to his European predecessors in a distinct Latin American style. The fleshy figure with large rounded proportions exemplifies 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 This bronze is both satirical and graceful, as it enchants and engages the viewer through art historical references of the human form in sculpture, a theme dating back through time.
The whimsical proportions of Man on Horse are mirrored in Botero’s other bronze sculptures of people and animals, such as Woman on Horse and Donna su Cavallo. 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.