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Francisco de Goya (aka Francisco de Goya y Lucientes)

(Fuendetodos, Spain, March 30, 1746 - April 16, 1828, Bordeaux, France)

La Tauromaquia, 1st edition, plate 31, Banderillas de fuego (Banderillas with firecrackers), 1815-1816
Etching and aquatint on paper
8 1/4 x 12 9/16 in. (20.96 x 31.91 cm)

Creation Place: Europe, Spanish
Technique: Etching and aquatint
Credit Line: Walter and Elise Mosher Memorial Fund
Accession Number: P98.4.32

Goya shows here the practice of embedding lighted banderillas into the neck muscles of the bull, both to encourage him to charge and to tire him as he frantically attemptede to rid himself of the painful barbs; when the attached firecrackers exploded, the bull was further distracted, providing the metador a measure of protection as he attacked. Goya's composition, in which a powerful, centrally-placed bull dominated the figures of men who gesture ineffectively around him, suggest criticism of such excessive cruelty. Particularly remarkable is the manner in which the artist has used aquatint around the bull's head to suggest the explosion.

Catalogue Raisonné
Harris 234.

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  • Image Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 12 9/16 in. (20.96 x 31.91 cm)
  • Plate Dimensions: 9 9/16 x 13 7/8 in. (24.29 x 35.24 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Plate Dimensions: 10 9/16 x 15 3/16 in. (26.83 x 38.58 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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