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About This Artwork
Picador Caught by a Bull, from The Bulls of Bordeaux, 1825
Lithographic crayon and scraper in black on buff wove paper
313 x 413 mm (image); 385 x 508 mm (sheet)
Clarence Buckingham Collection, 1936.167
When he was 78 years old, Goya moved from Spain to the south of France. The following year he made a series of lithographs that are still heralded as masterful achievements of the new medium. Drawn directly on stone with bold confidence and no preparatory sketches, these lithographs exude energy and expose the ferocity of bullfighting. Scenes like this are wholly invented, not documentary, and foreground the violence and danger of this ancient sport.