Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828)
Etching, burnished aquatint, lavis, drypoint, and burin on laid paper 
plate: 9 3/4 x 14 in.; 24.765 x 35.56 cm; sheet: 12 1/4 x 16 3/8 in. (31.115 x 41.5925 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
Not on View

1st Edition

Goya's images of the Spanish bullfight are full of drama, tension, and violence. The bullfight takes place in an enclosed space, surrounded by rows of transfixed visitors. It offers certain death for the bulls, but also possible death for their human opponents in the ring. Goya's extensive painted and etched images of bullfights are powerful, psychological studies of the conflict between men and animals, and his bulls are often given more nobility than the men who surround them.


(Sale, Bern, Kornfeld und Klipstein, 13 June 1974, lot 333, through);
[Robert M. Light, Boston, for];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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