Lot Details

This work comes with a COA from Botello Gallery. Frame is original and made by the artist.
Framed: 47.41 x 26.91 in.

A recurrent theme in both Botello’s paintings and his sculptures, this rendering of the Madonna and child combines the artist's signature use of color and geometric shapes to reinterpret a traditional subject. The work is reminiscent of other renderings of the Madonna by artists throughout the course of art history in the overall scene: Mary cradling and looking adoringly at the miniature Christ child in her lap. But Botello reworks the traditional scene to create a completely unique image, an abstracted form of the long-established "Madonna and Child."

Postmodern Spanish-Puerto Rican 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, his time in the Caribbean, and his experiences as a father. 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, 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 (2005); La Galerie Des Serbes Cannes, France (1987); Ponce Museum of Art, Puerto Rico (1977).

Select Public Collections:
Hakone Art Museum, Hakone, Japan
Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
Fresno Art Institute, Fresno, California
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio
George Washington University, Washington, DC
Hispanic Museum, New York

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Paint Loss
Date: Unavailable – contact Specialist for details
Area: Other area
Location: Upper right
Notes: On the border, two very minor paint chips. Barely noticeable mounted on this frame, seen on image.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Private collection, Puerto Rico.
  • Pickup Location: Puerto Rico
  • Shipping Dimensions: 35.88 x 15.38 x 3 in. (91.14 x 39.07 x 7.62 cm.)
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