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image of The Bullfight Eugenio Lucas Villamil (painter)
Spanish, 1858 - 1918
The Bullfight, c. 1890/1900
oil on canvas
overall: 73.9 x 109.9 cm (29 1/8 x 43 1/4 in.) framed: 96.5 x 134.9 x 10.8 cm (38 x 53 1/8 x 4 1/4 in.)
Gift of Arthur Sachs
Not on View
From the Tour: Francisco de Goya
Object 9 of 9


Probably Édouard Kahn, Paris; (his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 8 June 1895, no. 2).[1] Sigismond Bardac, Paris; (sale, Paris, 1910). (Gimpel & Wildenstein, Paris), by 1924;[2] sold 1925 to Baron Maurice de Rothschild [d. 1957], Paris. Arthur Sachs [1880-1975], New York and Cannes, by 1928;[3] gift 1954 to NGA.

[1] The dimensions for this painting and its companion piece, now in the Reinhardt Collection, Winterthur, are almost identical. The Kahn sale catalogue (Catalogue des tableaux par Antoine Watteau, Boucher, Goya, Gustave Moreau, Teniers...Formant la collection K.) contains only one entry for a "course de taureau" by Goya, which is described simply as a "belle esquisse," although it is annotated with a sale price of 2500 francs; Paul Lafond, Goya (Paris, 1902): 107, however, not only lists both paintings as being in this sale, but without explanation identifies no. 29 (the NGA version) as the one that sold for 2500 francs.

[2] August L. Mayer, Francisco de Goya (London and Toronto, 1924): 181.

[3] Sachs lent the painting to a 1928 exhibition of Spanish paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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