Bullfight: Paintings and Works on Paper
Fernando Botero


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Introduction by Curtis Bill Pepper; Foreword by Juan Manuel Santos;

Bullfight features more than 140 oil paintings and 35 drawings, by Fernando Botero,  providing a gorgeous look at the artist’s iconic subject, the tauromaquia, or bullfight. 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, bravery and fear, the fine line between life and death.

 In Botero's 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. The collection includes paintings and works on paper. The second in the inimitable artist’s compilation of thematic works, following his highly regarded Circus (2013), Bullfight is an exquisite collectible that will be appreciated by fans of the bullfight, Latin culture, and art aficionados alike.


Curtis Bill Pepper (1917-2014) was an American author and journalist. He served as Newsweek’s Mediterranean bureau chief in Rome, covered the Vatican for United Press International, worked for the New York Times, and reported briefly for CBS. Pepper is the author of several books, the latest of which, Leonardo, is a biographical novel of Leonardo da Vinci. Until his recent death, Pepper divided his time between homes in Umbria, Italy and New York City with his wife, the sculptor Beverly Pepper.  His work in this book is his last literary effort.

Juan Manuel Santos (b. 1951) is the 32nd and current President of Colombia, in office since 2010.

ISBN: 978-0-9913419-3-1
252 pages, 9x12", cloth hardcover w/acetate jacket;
180 4/c artworks



Fernando Botero