Brothers Robert'50 and William Williams'50 shared much in common. Not only were they twins who attended Beloit College together, became geology majors, and graduated in 1950, but they also shared a love of art. In 1966, when Robert was working in Bogota, he read about a young Colombian artist who was gaining international attention: Fernando Botero. Robert was able to visit one of the galleries where Botero was showing his work, and among the pieces on exhibit was a watercolor of a large turkey, which Robert and William decided to acquire.
The turkey is an early work by Botero, executed in 1956. The large rotund bird that fills the entire canvas exhibits many of the qualities that would later come to define Botero’s signature style. The turkey has joined the Wright Museum’s collection of modern and contemporary art, and will be on exhibit in the Wanda Hollensteiner Gallery until Dec. 15.
As a teaching museum, The Wright Museum of Art provides Beloit College students full access to the permanent collect. The Botero has already been the subject of study by Abigail Kabaker ‘10, who spent a semester researching this early work.