Introduction by Curtis Bill Pepper.
Inspired by a traveling circus he encountered in a small Mexican town on the Pacific coast, Fernando Botero uses bright colors and unexpected movement to celebrate the poetry of the circus in Circus: Paintings and Works on Paper. This latest title marks the first time the complete circus series has ever been published together as a collection and represents all of the esteemed artist’s work on one of his favorite subjects, one which has also inspired the likes of Renoir, Picasso, Seurat, Lautrec, Chagall, Léger, and Calder.
Whether it’s the Ringling Brothers or Cirque du Soleil, the circus is a universal tradition that brings people together, and Botero celebrates this rich history with his distinctive shapely forms that perfectly complement the exaggerated atmosphere of the circus. The 134 paintings and 57 drawings included here explore light, color, style, and space and do so with a poignancy that highlights—through the extravagant volume of Botero’s figures—the exceptional beauty of the human body. This clever series playfully engages the viewer and invites each one to participate in Botero’s circus.