29 January 2009

Circus! - Fernando Botero & the Circus


To coincide with this year's Festival of Circus, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco Villa Sauber has mounted an exhibition of the paintings of Columbian artist, Fernando Botero. His figures, as always, arevwonderfully obese - even the animals. The exhibition is open until the 1st March.

Several of Botero's fabulous sculptures are displayed in the Principality. You can see Adam & Eve and Woman Smoking a Cigarette by clicking on the links.

12 comments:

Hyde DP said...

Well I must say I've never heard of Botero until now - checked back at your earlier photos which I must have missed before - now I know the style I'll recognise it next time.

Small City Scenes said...

Love 'em. MB

Virginia said...

Ah you gotta love Botero. I have never seen his painitings until now. We have a very large piece of his sculpture in our museum here. Always a hit with the kids! :)

maria said...

Love my fellow South American's works - his paintings have always been one of my favorites. And his sculptures are wonderful too. I'm so glad Monaco is home to several of his pieces.
Thanks, Jilly!

Marie-Noyale said...

I had never realized that he painted the animals obese too!!!
very funny!

Carraol said...

Wonderful pieces by Botero, one of the greatest Latin American painters, thanks for sharing with us. Your Circus series was spectacular! Cheers.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I love the Botero paintings and sculpture. I remember the woman smoking the cigarette, as we would walk through that park in Fontvielle on our way to Monte Carlo from the Marriott hotel where we stayed.

There is a similar reclining Botero in front of the train station in Venice. To the disapproval and disgust of my wife, I maneuvered around the staute so that I could take a photo from an angle that made it appear that the tower of a neaby church was sticking up out of her . . . well, I think you can guess.

Sterl the Pearl's Daily Pics of Boulder said...

Love it! Whimsical and wonderful.

Kate said...

What an interesting way for a talented artist to express himself. My first thought, tho, was that if I don't quit eating, I'm going to end up looking like this.

Bob Crowe said...

Botero always makes me uncomfortable. All those wildly obese, stolid, static people, always expressionless, mocking the activities of the rest of the world. Here we have a semi-nude woman in a charged, dangerous situation, yet the painting hasn't a drop of eroticism. Gives me the creeps.

Babooshka said...

I'm with Bob. I'm not sure what to make of it. The image certainly lasts long afater you stop viewing.

Anonymous said...

Hmm also don't seem to know what to make of it?? However, it seems Mr. Botero likes his art plump and that is his idea of beauty. For that he gets a point for not caving to our Society's worship of the "skinny", cadaverous, are beautiful crowds mentality. Do you suppose??

As they say beauty is indeed, in the eye of the beholder.

Makes me think twice before reaching for that next piece of pizza though too!!! Guess, we'll just have to stick with the hot cocoa!!! tee hee.

There was a time period in history when women whom were "plump" or "obese" were considered the only beauties. If he is so popular there must be a few "fella's" out there whom "like" a little meat on their loved one's bones!! so to speak?? Whaaat do you think??

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