Looking for the answer to Art Abstracts? It’s Fernando Botero’s Sphinx.
Yesterday, April 19, was Botero’s 83rd birthday!
The sculpture was created in 1995 and was exhibited in Italy, Germany, Japan, and Singapore before arriving at its permanent home on the lawn of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The Sphinx came to the museum in 2006, while we were under the direction of Eric Lee.
Botero is a Colombian who has lived in Paris since 1973. The Sphinx fits right into his style of creating works that are usually sensual and witty with large, curvy subjects. The sculpture was purchased with a gift fund from the late Jerome Westheimer. With his donation, Westheimer left instructions for the museum to get a work by the famous artist.
Weighing 1.5 tons, and standing 11 feet tall, the sculpture is among the museum’s most important acquisitions.