- 330 x 415 mm
- Técnica y soporte
- Piedra litográfica, lápiz y rascador, tinta negra, papel avitelado
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 21 Feb 2011 / 17 Apr 2023
Goya (in the spot, bottom left).
Bodeaux 1825 (in the spot, bottom right).
See The mourning and The celebrated American.
There was no edition of this lithograph, as it was discarded by Goya due to a fault in the distribution of shadows. Only this single proof is known, which comes from the Matheron collection and was acquired by the Ville de Bordeaux in 1898.
The fifth print is considered to be part of The Bulls of Bordeaux, although it was discarded by the artist due to its lack of quality and could be a first rehearsal. The signature, the place and the date written on the stone recall GOya´s habit of signing and dating the first copperplates each time he began a new series.
Although this lithograph was almost unknown until 1946, Goya's first biographer, Matheron, already spoke in 1858 of the "Cinq courses de taureaux: Aut. 31 cent. Larg. 41 cent."
As in Brave Bull, the scene is reminiscent of the bullfight with the Sevillian bullfighter Pepe Hillo. The bullfighter is shown hooked by the bull's right horn. A picador, on the left, comes up with his pike which he drives into the bull's body. Another does the same to the bull's hindquarters, a standing bullfighter jabs the bull with his pike from behind in one leg, while two other bullfighters hang on to its tail in an attempt to stop its animal fury. In the foreground, a fallen horse lies dying in a pool of blood.
At the back of the ring is a chaotic mass of horses, corpses and bullfighters. In the background, behind the curve of the barrier, is a barely sketched audience.
De grafiek van GoyaRijksmuseum RijksprentenkabinetAmsterdam1970from November 13th 1970 to January 17th 1971cat. 157
Goya grabadorFundación Juan MarchMadrid1994consultant editors Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Julián Gállego, from January 14th to March 20th 1994cat. 18
Goya engravings and lithographs, vol. I y II.OxfordBruno Cassirer1964p. 429, cat. 287
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970p. 363, cat. 1706
Origen de la litografía en España. El real establecimiento litográficoMadridFabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre1990p. 363, cat. 33
Catálogo de las estampas de Goya en la Biblioteca NacionalMadridMinisterio de Educación y Cultura, Biblioteca Nacional1996p. 272, cat.11
Goya. Estampas. Grabado y litografíaBarcelonaElecta ediciones2007pp. 40-44, 346 y 374, núm. 282