Akt, Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero
Akt
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Fernando Botero

Akt, 1964


Dimensions
178.0 x 173.0 cm
Physical Description
Charcoal on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1245
Acquisition
Acquired in 1976.
Status
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art

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About the Work

During his entire artistic career, Fernando Botero directs his attention to the nude, to the human figure; right from the start, his depictions conform to a characteristic formal language. The oversized body with unusual proportions and rigid facial expression is reminiscent of illustrated books for children through its naive, baroque painting style; for that very reason, it challenges our current, western aesthetic of beauty and form. By combining elements of pre-Columbian folk art and Mexican murals with the tradition of European painting, he develops his own ‘maniera’, his unmistakable artistic handwriting. In turning away from accepted conventions, Botero requires that the viewer take up a position – on this or that side of socially sanctioned taste.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Akt (Original Title)
Title Translation
Nude
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Charcoal on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Botero 64

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Fernando Botero, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1976.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31AA the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure
Secondary
Associative
  • 32A5 caricatures (human types)

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Last update

24.11.2020