The women of Botero
My relationship with art is deeply emotional and intimate. I feel weakness for contradiction, imperfection, provocation, the feminine…
And it is precisely this conception of the woman, so magnanimous and voluminous, that captivates me from Fernando Botero.
A week ago I was introduced to “Las mujeres de Botero” (The women of Botero) among strawberries with cream, dark chocolate and avocado toasts. A book by Artika publishing house created under the supervision and with the collaboration of the Colombian sculptor, which travels through his artistic career paying special attention to the female figure.
This is a limited edition that will meet (and exceed) your expectations, consisting of three pieces: the Art Book, the Study Book and a striking sculpture-case that contains the two volumes.
Inside it you will find 45 prints of drawings personally selected by the painter. Two types of paper were used for its printing, a watercolour paper and a handmade paper, which imitates the amate paper that the artist uses in some of his works. In addition, the precision with which each of its pages are handmade distinguishes the techniques used by the artist, such as watercolour, pencil, sanguine or bistre.
I’m not an art expert, but I do know what I like to take home as soon as I walk into a gallery. Just a thousandth of a second is enough to create that instant in which the crush is produced… or not.
Today, the strokes of Botero are lying placidly on my dining room table. And when the spark goes off, there’s no going back.