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
Object 9 of 9
Conservation NotesThe picture is on a fabric of tight and regular weave and adhered to a fine lining material. All tacking edges have been removed. The ground consists of a rough layer of reddish brown particles over which rich oil paint has been applied with brush and palette knife. An examination of the pigments by x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy did not reveal the use of any pigments unavailable to Goya, although chrome yellow, which is present, was only introduced in the early 1800s. The paint and ground layers present evidence of a history of poor adhesion. Flake losses have occurred in the thick, knife-applied layers and at cracks near the outer extremities of the picture. There are fills and retouches applied to many of the flake losses. The surface coating is somewhat dull.
 Identified by optical microscopy.
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