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Sitting Woman, 2010
Sanguine on canvas
58 1/4 h x 39 w in
148 h x 99 w cm

Sitting Nude is a colossal portrait of a sitting nude that exemplifies Botero’s endless fascination with the age-old tradition of the female form. Sitting Nude is a fleshy eroticized figure with large rounded proportions lounging in an upholstered chair before an easel, suggesting she is a model to be painted. This classical depiction of a 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. The details of her bracelet, necklace and brilliant red hair perhaps create an ambiance that perhaps she is a woman from high society. This sanguine on canvas piece is both satirical and graceful, as it enchants and engages the viewer through art historical references of the female form and the painter’s model, themes dating back through time.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.