Bullfight

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1865/66

Artist:

Édouard Manet
French, 1832-1883

About this artwork

Édouard Manet’s trip to Spain in the fall of 1865 lasted only about 10 days, though it had a profound impact on him. In a letter to his friend the poet Charles Baudelaire, he described a bullfight he attended in Madrid as “one of the finest, most curious and most terrifying sights to be seen.” He made quick sketches there that informed several later canvases, including this one. Here he presented the moment of truth, as bullfighter and bull face one another; a gored horse lies dead or dying on the sand.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 225

Artist

Édouard Manet

Title

Bullfight

Origin

France

Date

1865–1866

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed lower right: Manet

Dimensions

48 × 60.4 cm (18 7/8 × 23 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1937.1019

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