For the first time ever, Fernando Botero’s favorite subjects are together in a gorgeous, limited edition boxed set which contains Circus and Bullfight, complete with the Maestro’s screen-printed signature on a lucite slipcase. Only 75 limited edition sets are available worldwide.
Circus: Paintings and Works on Paper is inspired by a traveling circus Fernando Botero encountered in a small Mexican town on the Pacific coast. Botero uses bright colors, voluminous figures, and unexpected movement to celebrate the poetry of the circus. This book is the first complete circus series published together as a collection, and represents the artist’s curated collection of the esteemed artist’s work on one of his favorite subjects, a subject that has inspired the likes of Renoir, Picasso, Seurat, Lautrec, Chagall, Léger, and Calder. This clever series playfully engages and invites the viewer to participate in Botero’s lively and whimsical circus.
Bullfight: Paintings and Works on Paper provides a gorgeous look at Botero’s iconic subject, the tauromaquia, or bullfight, featuring regal matadors, eager picadors, exquisite bulls, crowds of anxious spectators, elegant flamenco dancers, and more. In his youth, Botero developed a passion and curiosity for bullfighting that has remained with him throughout his illustrious, six-decade career. The artist was profoundly influenced by the spectacle of the bullring—the vivid colors, the dynamic movement, the beauty and violence, the bravery and fear, the fine line between life and death. In his signature style, the figures of the bullfight appear voluminous and voluptuous, a trademark exploration of scale, space, and volume that has made this artist renowned throughout the world.
Fernando Botero (b. 1932) is the most famous living artist of our time, his voluminous figures instantly distinguishable in the thousands of locations in which they reside around the world. The Colombian artist studied at the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid before traveling to Paris and Florence to expand upon his understanding of fine art. In 1958 he gained widespread exposure after winning “First Prize Piece” at the Salón de Artistas Colombianos. In the last three decades, he has achieved international recognition for his many paintings, drawings, and sculptures, with hundreds of exhibitions around the world. His most recent book, Circus, was published by Glitterati in 2013. Botero continues to be an active member of the art community, living and working primarily in Paris, Monaco, Colombia, and Pietrasanta, Italy, near the quarry where his sculptures are constructed. His work is in the public collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution, among others.
256 pages, 10 x 14" inches, Cloth hardcover with acetate jacket,
limited edition 2-book slipcase in lucite with Botero signature
screen-printed on the clear lucite case
150 paintings and 50 works on paper in each volume