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For many reasons, The Picador is a quintessentially Spanish painting. It reflects Rivera’s time working in Chicharro’s atelier and the teachings of the Madrid academy. The figure of the picador—similar to the one in Self-Portrait with Wide-Brimmed Hat—leans slightly to the right, seated in front of a neutral wall. Ochers and earth tones predominate, but the brushwork is the most interesting element of the painting. Rivera succeeded in rendering with great realism the texture of the fabrics by using the impasto oil technique.

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