After the Bullfight

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1873

Artist:

Mary Cassatt
American, 1844–1926

About this artwork

Mary Cassatt chose a quintessentially Spanish subject, executing this painting of a torero in full regalia during an extended stay in Seville. Having trained in Philadelphia and Paris, Cassatt ventured alone to Spain to study the country’s masters and to follow the artistic path of modern painters like Édouard Manet. Depicting the bullfighter at a relaxed moment, far removed from the spectacle and violence of the ring, Cassatt elided narrative detail. Instead, with a modernist sensibility, she focused on the male figure in a casual pose and employed vigorous brushwork and rich pigment to describe his costume. The bullfighter’s characteristic bravado nevertheless hints at flirtation with a female counterpart outside the frame.

On View

American Art, Gallery 171

Artist

Mary Cassatt

Title

After the Bullfight

Origin

United States

Date

1873

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed l. left: "M.S.C./Seville/1873"

Dimensions

82.5 × 64 cm (32 1/8 × 25 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Sterling Morton

Reference Number

1969.332

Extended information about this artwork

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