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Painter and Model, 2004Mixed media on paper 19 1/2 h x 14 1/8 w in 49.5 h x 36 w cm
Painter and Model is a mixed media on paper drawing of a colossal nude model and small artist that exemplifies Botero’s endless fascination with the age-old tradition of the female form. Painter and Model depicts a fleshy eroticized figure with large rounded proportions lounging on a white pedestal in front a tiny artist holding his palette. The robust model and artist, with amusing proportions of small facial features and tiny hands, highlight Botero’s emphasis on volume and sensuality of form.
This classical depiction of a reclining nude is rendered in Botero’s rotund technique, paying homage to his European predecessors in a distinct Latin American style. Drawing reclining and standing nudes since he began to paint, he’s mastered infusing figure’s volume with themes of sensuality. The exaggerated shape of her body is a site for experimentation, as it allows Botero to apply delicate shading with a sensuality and profusion of form. This drawing is both satirical and graceful, as it enchants and engages the viewer through art historical references of the female form and master artists themes dating back through time.
Botero’s works on paper have grown in demand over the years. The whimsical bodies in the drawings retain their robust 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.