The Square


2013
Oil on canvas
127 x 101 cm.

The art of Botero is deeply rooted in his memories of youth. The squares of Latin American towns and cities have in common the contrast between a very simple colonial architecture and a mountainous landscape that serves as a stage. But nobody who has painted the scene of a Latin American square has done it like Botero, evoking the past and also looking through the eyes of French painting.
The elegance of the inhabitants who cross with their umbrellas ready for the rain brings us memories of the impressionist painter Gustave Caillebotte and Paris on a rainy day. The Peruvian Nobel Prize Mario Vargas Llosa has referred about Botero saying “His painting is an exceptional test of how a Latin American artist can find himself establishing a creative dialogue with Europe, taking advantage of its sources, its techniques, emulating its artistic patterns ".