Circus: Paintings & Drawings by Botero



Botero’s Circus series is the subject of a very strong book published by Glitterati and prefaced by journalist and author Curtis Bill Pepper. This title marks the first time Botero’s complete circus series has ever been published together as a collection and represents all of the Colombian artist’s work on one of his favourite subjects.

“It’s the hope of doing something out of the ordinary, so unexpected that I will never dream about it again. But I fail all the time. I’m never satisfied, and have to start again every day. Then you realize that the sum of all those failures contains a weight and substance greater than any of its parts…and that this totality in an artist’s life may, if he’s lucky, live on after he leaves.” – Fernando Botero

Inspired by a travelling circus he encountered in a small Mexican town on the Pacific coast, the artist uses bright colours and unexpected movement to manifest the poetry of the circus. In the tradition of great painters also inspired by circus fantasy – Renoir, Picasso, Chagall, and Calder, among others – Botero explores light, colour, style, and space with a poignancy that highlights through the extravagant disproportion of his figures the exceptional beauty of the human body.

Circus, a collection of more than 130 paintings and 50 works on paper, celebrates this rich history of entertainment and in this collection of images.