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Naturaleza Muerta con Sandia, 2006
Charcoal paper
13 3/4 h x 16 3/4 w in
35 h x 42.5 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

Naturaleza Muerta con Sandia or “Still Life with Watermelon” is a beautifully rendered still life of a large pitcher, a half-watermelon, a banana, cherries and oranges arranged on a cloth-covered table in front of an open window that overlooks the city’s rooftops. Botero’s fascination with age-old traditions extends from his exploration of the female form to still lives and illusory perspective, 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charcoal on paper intricate drawing is both satirical and graceful, as it enchants and engages the viewer through art historical references of the still life, a theme dating back through time.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.