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Reclining Woman, 2003

Even a brief glance at this piece allows you to feel Botero's mastery of the feminie form. The reclining woman's voluptuous body cascades over this piece. Notice the reclining woman's far off stare. Was she caught unaware or is she deep in thought? One of Botero's main influences was Peter Paul Rubens, who was also known for his large, beautiful depictions of women. The idea of Rubenesque women has gradually given way to the concept of a "Botero" feminine for which represents a celebration of sensuality or a reveling in voluptuousness.

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Taken on March 14, 2009