Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Circus: Paintings and Works on Paper by the Artist Botero

The Colombian artist, Fernando Botero's works of art have always fascinated me. Born in 1923, he is truly one of the most famous living artists of our time. His works are instantly recognizable and I am thrilled to present this book, Circus: Paintings and Works on Paper, a complete collection published for the first time. It is filled with whimsical images in vivid saturated color. Botero was inspired to create this body of work when he encountered a traveling circus in a small Mexican town along the Pacific coast. The circus is one of his favorite themes and one that has also inspired artists such as Picasso, Renoir, Chagall, Calder and others. He celebrates the human body through voluminous size and enchanting movement, and at times they seem to be light as a feather. Enjoy!

Trainer with Tiger

Circus Woman on the Trapeze

Circus: Paintings and Works on Paper
by Fernando Botero, c 2013
Published by Glitterati Incorporated
Introduction by Curtis Bill Pepper

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Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

So colorful and fun!
I find the facial expressions on the subjects interesting -- they all seem bored with their seemingly "exciting" jobs as circus entertainers!
Thanks for sharing!

The Buzz Blog said...

What fun! We remember one spring in New York when Botero's whimsical sculptures lined the center of Park Avenue surrounded by red tulips. Have a great day, Karena!
C + C

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I love his much fun and he captures such a sense of beauty with the attitude of fun!

highheeledlife said...

WOW!!!these are just beautiful ... the colours and the characters brighten up the day!!! wishing you a blessed week ..Celia M. (HHL)

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Dear Karena,

Fun keeps being mentioned in the other comments, and indeed there is a quality of delight in Botero's style and work. Perhaps his unique perspective and large volume of work (no pun intended) has lead to his longevity. The lobby of the Turner media center in New York displays two of his sculptures, a male figure and a female figure that complement each other, and they are great favorites to all who see them.

Pura Vida said...

Very whimsical surprise face

MJH DesignArts said...

Hi Karena, While living in Spain, I was friends with Botero's manager. This is an amazing artist, but I still cannot fathom why his subjects are so "round." Amazingly, Botero started depicting the rotund figures prior to the obesity epidemic. xoxo Mary

peggybraswell said...

remember when his art was in NY + such a wonderful artist.

The enchanted home said...

It is the perfect combination of fantasy, fine art and whimsy!! A friend of ours has two so we have gotten to see them up close and personal and they are really impressive, love the colors and the vibe. Have a lovely weekend!

cindy hattersley design said...

These are just plain fun! They would be wonderful in a childs room. Have a great weekend Karena!

Unknown said...

These paintings are great fun, favourite is the Harlequin :)
Thank you so much for popping by this week...enjoy the rest of the weekend!

designchic said...

These are so fun and beautiful, Karena. Love the touch of whimsy they add to any space!

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My Notting Hill said...

These are fun and interesting in such a quirky and intriguing way.

Karen said...

I do admire his work, not for my own style but the paintings make me smile when I've seen them. Who doesn't like the circus, right?

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

I love his art. It is so different and playful!
Thank you for sharing.
Happy Tuesday.

LBDDiaries said...

Ummm, no. I can't see this on my walls. Doesn't mean he isn't an amazing artist but for some reason I don't find it fun, I find it kind of... freaky (smile)!

Unknown said...

This is so fun, Karena! I'm heading to the coast of Mexico tomorrow so this seems to be a sneak peek of some of the artistic flavor we may see. I'm loving all the color right now! Happy weekend!
xx, Heather

Elizabeth at Eiffel Tells said...

Botero's work is alluring. I love being able to see his subjects through his eyes as well as the combination of colours and hues in his paintings. Elizabeth xxx

The French Hutch said...

How interesting and fun. Fabulous colors and I love the the expressions of the characters.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh how I love these images from my childhood, always wondering what made this artist paint such figures...and now as I am older, I understand better. Maybe I still don't now WHY he chose this style, but I do know that artists are free to create as they please. It's the free spirits that are truly artists who push the barriers. I love the first ones with those darling white horses!

Karena my friend, you are so kind to visit me! YES, I am going to keep updates on the book. I have to wait until I am done with school in early June in order to get the manuscripts organized then into the self-publishing company. The fun will be all the editing and revising and adding my own photos and those of willing blogger friends' whose art I want to feature.

MUCH LOVE to you and I hope you are well! Anita

Taylor Greenwalt said...

I love how all the people are so fat...very colorful and happy!

Fashion-isha said...

I love the variety of art you post here! And thanks for always leaving a sweet comment on my blog! I appreciate it!

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Beautiful artwork. What a great housewarming gift this would make. Thanks for the heads up!

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