This Web feature was adapted from the technical observations included in the booklet, Manet's The Dead Toreador and The Bullfight: Fragments of a Lost Salon Painting Reunited, published in conjunction with an exhibition at The Frick Collection.
After public criticism of his Salon painting, Incident in a Bullfight, the painter Édouard Manet cut the canvas apart. Two separate works resulted, known today as the National Gallery of Art's The Dead Toreador and The Frick Collection's The Bullfight. Through the use of x-radiography and intensive historical and scientific analysis of the two paintings, conservators and art historians collaborated to provide evidence of the fascinating connection between these seemingly unrelated works of art.
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