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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
1954.10.1
Not on View
From the Tour: Francisco de Goya
Object 9 of 9

Conservation Notes

The 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.[1] 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.


[1] Identified by optical microscopy.

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