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Natura Morte, 2006Charcoal paper 14 3/8 h x 11 3/4 w in 36.5 h x 30 w cm
I believe it is very important that stylistic coherence should dominate the form of expression . . . Everything is rendered in the same fashion, therefore the whole work radiates a sense of unity, harmony, and coherence. That is what communicates its essential truth. -Fernando Botero
Natura Morte is a beautifully rendered still life of a large teapot, two bananas, a bottle and oranges on a clothed covered table. Botero’s fascination with age-old tradition extends from his exploration of the female form to still lives, where he renders the classical themes in his signature rotund ‘Boterismo’ style. The exaggerated objects with large proportions pay homage to Botero’s European predecessors in a distinct Latin American style. This charcoal on paper intricate drawing is both satirical and graceful, as it enchants and engages the viewer through art historical references of the still life, a theme dating back through time.
Botero’s works on paper have grown in demand over the years. The whimsical objects in the drawings retain their robust and sensual forms with all the gracefulness of Botero’s paintings, but are smaller and more approachable in his drawings. His mastery of voluptuous fleshy figures has become his trademark style and is immediately recognizable as Botero’s creations around the world.