FERNANDO BOTERO (COLOMBIAN B. 1932)
In the Kitchen, 1974
graphite on paper
42 x 33 cm (16 1/2 x 13 in.)
signed and dated lower right
Purchased from El Museo Gallery, Bogota, 2000 (copy of the invoice is available upon request)
The following drawing, executed in the artist`s signature style often called "Boterismo", is notable for its similarity to other paintings created by Botero in the 1970s - namely, "The Cuisine" (1970) and "The Maid" (1974). The composition of the drawing with a bulky stove at the center is identical to that in both paintings, with a similar arrangement of the skillet, coffee pot, the hanging sausages, and the cat, which - like the woman - is frontal and engaged with the audience. With all three pieces featuring different subjects (the stove, a maid, and the unnamed woman), this drawing is a striking illustration of the artist`s iterative treatment of an idea.