Rico Lebrun (American (born Italy), Naples 1900–1964 Malibu, California)
Oil and tempera on canvas
48 x 57 7/8 in. (121.9 x 147 cm)
George A. Hearn Fund, 1944
Not on view
According to an undated artist's questionnaire, this painting was begun in New Orleans in 1943 and finished in New York the following year. Lebrun first executed drawings for the composition while in Spain in 1930. He wrote that it is not meant to depict an actual event, and that the colors derive from his "recollection of Spanish cities at night."
Inscription: Signed, dated, and inscribed (verso, on stretcher): Rico Lebrun/ the bull ring/ 1943
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "20th Century Painters: A Special Exhibition of Oils, Water Colors and Drawings Selected from the Collections of American Art in the Metropolitan Museum," June 16–October 29, 1950, unnum. brochure (p. 8).
New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Juliana Force's Selections for The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 1–May 11, 1980, no catalogue.