Two artworks, one artist
The greatest joy in painting is the sensuality of form. That is, it is a joy for the sense of touch more than the sense of sight.
Guitar Lesson and July 20th are 24 years apart from each other.
In these two artworks, painted with oil on canvas, volume fills in the surface in different ways…
This apple is contoured by a borderline and loose brushstrokes; color appears and vanishes within the object itself.
The jars are constructed by very subtle lines and strokes of color.
Paint drops drip on the canvas and display how freely it was painted.
En 20 de julio cada objeto está definido de forma rotunda con su color propio.
Sharp brushstrokes determine each object.
While in Guitar lesson depth is not evident, in July 20th foreground and background are clearly differentiated.
A cat hiding behind the wall might seem like an anecdotic detail; nonetheless it is used as a pictorial accent in the right spot.
This is a friendly meeting on the street, on the Columbian Independence Day.
Another woman in red heels walks out of the scene, implying that the couple is not alone.
Green and purple, two bright colors, contrast against the grays and browns on the big surfaces.
The yellow, blue and red colors of the flag are faded along the characters in a chromatic dialogue all over the painting.
These two artworks, from two different moments in Fernando Botero’s career, reflect different ways of using artistic elements, such as color, texture and volume, to conceive monumentality.
Rodrigo Trujillo Rubio