İdil Sanat ve Dil Dergisi
Cilt 7, Sayı 43  Mart 2018  (ISSN: 2146-9903, E-ISSN: 2147-3056)
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In this article, two valuable artists such as Leon Golub and Botero are aimed to be introduced and examined in terms of form and content, in which the subject of direct torture is very unrecognized in our country. Leon Golub refers to the torture of his victims, with his indifferent stances and attitudes, in his paintings titled “mercenaries”. These large-scale paintings of the artist have powerful expressions
and expressive influences on the painting of the figures, painting on a piece of linen cloth, Leon Golub does not give hints about violence and victims’ nationalities in his paintings. Thus, the artist sees violence, torture, painful nationalities, as the problem of humanity of all races. In Botero’s paintings, the opposite is the case. After the American invaders invaded Iraq, the artist had a great humiliation in the Ebu Garib Prison on the subject of torture they had done to prisoners. Botero has created his paintings with flawless fantasy reality with clean, rigorous brush driving techniques. In the pictures, the fear and worries of the victims are tortured, bleeding, out of their cute fat bodies. This artist’s ironic approach makes the horror of the laborer, who ignores human dignity, deeply appraised the ruthlessness. As a result, violence and torture are marital attitudes and behaviors that threaten man’s unique life, and which depress humanity. The artists have made pictures that negate the torture of violence this past day. Leon Golub and Botero’s expressive and ironic different approaches to the subject are strong indications of expression differences in contemporary art.

Keywords: Leon Golub, Fernando Botero,
torture, painting