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This 1825 print by Francisco de Goya is part of The Bulls of Bordeaux, a series of four lithographs: Spanish Entertainment; The Famous American, Mariano Ceballos; A Picador Caught by a Bull; and Bullfight in a Divided Ring. The Huesca Museum is one of the few institutions to have a complete set. It was part of the collection donated by Valentín Carderera. The lithography technique allowed Goya to work more quickly and freely. These prints show a strong use of chiaroscuro, which is typical of the predominantly expressionist style of his later work. This piece depicts a capea, or amateur bull fight with young bulls. There are three young bulls in the middle of the bright ring. They are a source of entertainment for the festive spectators, who gather around them forming a senseless, shapeless, and grotesque mass.

Details

  • Title: Spanish Entertainment
  • Creator: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
  • Date: 1825
  • Physical Dimensions: 76,5 x 67 x 3 cm
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: Gobierno de Aragón
  • External Link: CERES MCU
  • Medium: Lithography on paper
  • Photograph: Fernando Alvira Lizano
  • Cultural Context: Contemporary history / Contemporary art

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