Botero, a dialogue with Picasso

Botero, a dialogue with Picasso



Botero, A dialogue with Picasso

ContiniArtUK are excited to announce the opening of “Botero, a dialogue with Picasso”, an exclusive exhibition held at the Hôtel du Caumont – Centre d’Art, Aix en Provence.

This exquisite exposition opened to the public on the 24th of November 2017 and will run until the 11th of March 2018.

Curated by Cecilia Braschi, the exhibition’s theme compellingly juxtaposes the style of Cubism founder Pablo Picasso, to that of Boterismo proponent Fernando Botero. Despite never meeting, the Columbian artist found inspiration in Picasso’s alluringly sensual figures and richly evocative palette, defining him as “the greatest 20th Century painter”.

Botero, A dialogue with PicassoBotero, A dialogue with PicassoThe contrast between these two masters’ resolutely different styles is exceptionally poignant: straying from realism, they edge towards more subjective and unconventional representations. On the one hand, Picasso distinctively decomposes the shapes before him and recreates them in a typically Cubist manner, focusing on the compositions’ geometric shapes to emphasise their volume. On the other hand, Botero over-composes the shapes before him, rendering them voluptuous and enlarged.

Displaying a variety of different mediums, such as sculptures, drawings and oil on canvas paintings, the exhibition offers an overview of Botero’s style, featuring 60 of his artworks, and around 20 Cubist works by Picasso. The works are divided thematically, comprehensively exploring the artists’ treatment of:

portraits and self-portraits, the influences of the past masters, still lives, nudes, representations of major historical and political events, bullfighting, the world of the circus, music and dance. This curatorial organisation offers a unique insight into the artists’ shared geographical and cultural origins, while simultaneously showcasing their differing and personal representations of the visual world.

As summarised by Cecilia Braschi, “it is a dialogue made of exchanges, round trips and occasional disagreements”. Thus, both styles mark a turning point in the history of art, permanently changing the figural representation of women and objects by creating an inimitable artistic language that is unique to each artist’s subjective interpretation of the visual world.



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