Saturday, January 30, 2010

She's a Big Gal: Fernando Botero's "Woman Smoking a Cigarette"



We crossed Tampa Bay to spend an afternoon and evening at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg with the Friends of Photography. This small but special group of men and women of all ages brings a passion to their interest in the history of photography, photographers and the medium since its very beginnings in the 19th century. We gathered just before the closing of an exhibit called the Legends of Photography. Many familiar and famous names were represented on the walls. Afterward we gathered at a fine restaurant to continue our great discussion. The group includes some collectors, several well-known photographers, those just started to explore photography, spouses, friends and young couples. I was really looking forward to going because of the unprecedented exhibition at the museum, The Baroque World of Fernando Botero. (It runs through April 4.)

A Latin American painter, sculptor, and draftsman , Botero depicts the "comedy of human life—moving or ironic, baroque in expression, sometimes with a mocking observation, and sometimes with a deep, elementary emotion. He has created a world of his own with a particular blend of violence and beauty." This is the first retrospective of his work in North America since 1974. Included are 100 paintings, sculptures, and drawings selected from the artist’s private collection. Many works have never been exhibited in public. (The exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. John Sillevis from the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, curated the exhibition. )


On the grounds of the museum, located on Beach Drive facing the Vinoy Basin, are three of Botero's largest and best known sculptures. This greatly oversized bronze figure, created in 1987, is called Women Smoking a Cigarette. She is magnificent as are all of his sculptures. Smoking Woman weighs approximately 2,500 pounds!! You've just got to love her. I'll post one or two more in the days ahead.

10 comments:

Joan Perry; Sidewalk Curator said...

WoW! Isn't she grand!

brattcat said...

So glad you crossed over for this fabulous feast. Thank you for posting this voluptuous lass.

Leif Hagen said...

We could say that she's a "full-figured gal!" Love the sculpture! I think I say similar sculptures from the same artist at a swanky hotel on Maui?

Babzy said...

wonderful sculpture !

Beth Niquette said...

My heavens! That's pretty amazing. Somehow she makes me want to giggle. I think she's about to herself. She's quite brazen and how very grand.

B SQUARED said...

Looks just like a blind date I had many years ago. She had a great personality, however.

Hilda said...

Thanks for giving me the dang name — I saw some paintings just this past week that were made in Botero's style, but for the life of me I couldn't remember his name!

Sounds like you had a grand day!

Jacob said...

I do love her. And I think I saw her in person the other day at the beach!

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