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19th September 2023

Fernando Botero dies at the age of 91

Botero, widely acclaimed in Latin America, found more stinting praise elsewhere. For years, critics wrote negatively about his corpulent figures. “I am interested in volumes” he responded, “the sensuality of form”. His images undoubtedly have a lighthearted side but a series of works in 2005 depicting torture in the Abu Ghraib military prison forced an abrupt, positive reassessment. He was, it was acknowledged, a “deft observer”.