Creation Date: 1992
Size: 25.125 x 34.875 inch (63.8 x 88.5cm)
Location: The Israel Museum, Jeruselem, Israel
Not only is Botero a mediocre artist, (this is one of his better works) but his view of man is hate-filled buried in cutesiness—a kind of defeated smile of acceptance in regards to what he believes is stupid and evil. When I see artists ridicule the good, the serious, the capable, the majestic, the beautiful, the graceful, the heroic, I don’t believe it is because those artists have some sort of special knowledge about the nature of human beings. Alternatively I think it is because they have a view of themselves as bad, absurd, incapable, lowly, ugly, graceless and cowardly. To me, that is sad.
This sculpture is an obvious parody of heroic images of men.