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Angel Botello (Puerto Rican, 1913–1986)
LOT ID: 75163
Girl Reclining with Long Legs, ie. circa 1960

Oil, on Panel
24 х 36.2 in. (60.96 x 91.95 cm.)
Signed, "BOTELLO", lower right and numbered '610', on verso.
Lot description
This work has been authenticated by Juan Botello, the artist's son.

Characterizing Angel Botello’s unique style, this exquisite oil on panel titled ‘Girl Reclining with Long Legs’ fuses elements of Modernism with the artist’s own eclectic approach. With the woman’s form fractured in a Cubistic manner, Botello employs the expressive palette so often seen in his work, inspired as it was by the Puerto Rican landscape surrounding him during this period. Vivid colors of blue and green are offset by a background of rich earth tones and umbers, with the figure lounging in a contented sense of ease across the composition.

Post-modern artist Angel Botello (1913-1986) worked in a multitude of media, creating works that all retain a Gauguin-esque style in both vibrancy and bravado. Many of Botello’s sources of inspiration can be attributed to his own surroundings, specifically his adolescent years spent in Spain and later his time in the Caribbean. Botello attended the School of Art of the San Fernando Academy in Madrid, Spain (1935), where he followed a post-impressionistic avenue that contrasted his more stringent academic education. With the onset of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), Botello was compelled to leave the Academy prior to completing his studies and took up residence in the Dominican Republic in 1936. Several years later in 1944, his relocation to Haiti provided a new source of inspiration and resulted in what are now considered some of Botello’s most supreme works. However, in terms of quality, quantity, and diversity of media, Botello’s most prolific achievements occurred during his final years in Puerto Rico, from 1953 to 1986, towards the end of his life. Botello’s work has been exhibited in countless galleries and institutions worldwide, including the Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Vigo, Italy; La Galerie Des Serbes Cannes, France; Ponce Museum of Art, Puerto Rico.

Select Public Collections:
Hispanic Museum, New York, NY
Hakone Art Museum, Hakone, Japan
Kennedy Center, Washington, DC

Girl Reclining with Long Legs by Angel Botello
  • Girl Reclining with Long Legs by Angel Botello
  • Girl Reclining with Long Legs by Angel Botello
  • Girl Reclining with Long Legs by Angel Botello
  • Girl Reclining with Long Legs by Angel Botello
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