Botero catalogue cover featuring a drawing of a side profile of a matador

Botero: The Bullfight

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Artist: Fernando Botero

Title: Botero: The Bullfight 

Author: José Manuel Caballero Bonald

Publisher: Rizzoli 

Year: 1990

ISBN: 978-0847812486

Format: Hardcover, 13 ¼ x 12, 213 pages, 148 color plates

The oeuvre of Fernando Botero is marked by his heavily stylized, exaggerated, and poetic painted representations of the human figure, animals, and still lifes. In the universe of Botero, the Spanish tradition la carrida, or the bullfight, presents time and time again.  

With Botero: The Bullfight, José Manuel Caballero Bonald examines Botero’s interest in painting scenes of the bullfight, which began for him at age eleven when his uncle enrolled him in the local school of tauromachy. In 1984, Botero began exclusively portraying the subject of bullfighting in his work, highlighting the spectacle as a mythical drama.