Tauromaquia

Tauromaquia
Artist:
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828)
Date:
1905  
Medium:
Etching, burnished aquatint, lavis, drypoint, and burin on laid paper 
Dimensions:
plate: 9-3/4 x 13-3/4 in. (24.8 x 34.9 cm); sheet: 12-3/8 x 18-3/4 in. (31.4 x 47.6 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
M.1975.08.01-40.G 
Copyright:
 
Not on View
Description

4th Edition (Plates 1-33, A-G)

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.

Provenance:

(Sale, New York, Sotheby’s, 7 November 1974, lot 77, to);
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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