They say that a name represents the body, but I can think of no one whose name represents his style as well as this artist does. The name Van Gogh doesn't describe the thick coat of paint, nor do the names Renoir and Monet describe the shifting light. The name Botero, however, fits the portrait of a voluptuous figure. In his native Spanish, Botero seems to mean a leather bag maker or tanner, which is not necessarily indicative of his style, but somehow in Japanese, the word matches his style.
When I entered the Botero exhibition at the Bunkamura The Museum, I found a number of portraits on display that at first glance were recognizable as Botero's work. The portraits were slightly gathered in the center and their outlines bulged out as if they were trying to escape. It is written that Botero's works reflect his Colombian upbringing and that the climate of Colombian society influences all of his works, but I am not sure which part of his work is Colombian. However, looking at them makes me want to smile. The plump people depicted in the paintings must be filled with something that makes people happy.
|Aug 2022 IN THE CITY TOKYO|
|ARTWORK CELL PHONE MUSEUM PAINTING SHIBUYA|
August 30, 2022
August 10, 2023
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 1.8/85