Woman on Horse

by Fernando Botero | 2002

At a glance, Fernando Botero’s works present imagery about obesity. Behind that, he might be creating a statement about greed and modern consumerism. First  and foremost, Botero tends to play with the concept of volume.
“Woman on a Horse” is allegorical imagery tracing the story of Joan of Arc, a brave  woman who went to war on horse-back. Using the proportion of “totally fat”, Botero presents humorous satire on our ways of constructing perception – or illusion – about “bodily beauty” (woman and horse).