Bullfight in a divided ring, from the 'Bulls of Bordeaux'

Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) Spanish
Publisher Cyprien Charles Marie Nicolas Gaulon French

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This is one of four lithographs of bullfighting Goya executed in Bordeaux that demonstrate his mastery of lithography. Goya’s biographer Laurent Matheron provided an account of the artist’s approach to the medium. Goya’s use of a magnifying glass to execute the prints—not to accomplish "detailed work" but, rather, owing to his failing eyesight—accounts for their intricate visual texture, with varying intensities of crayon combining with minute subtractive scraping. Goya would set the lithographic stone on an easel and work from dark to light, first covering the entire surface "with a uniform gray tone" and then scraping the highlights.

Bullfight in a divided ring, from the 'Bulls of Bordeaux', Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, Fuendetodos 1746–1828 Bordeaux), Lithograph

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