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Introduction
Technique
Bullfight
Toreador
Conclusion
Movie
Credits

Detail of The Dead Toreador

The small pool of blood formed at the toreador's shoulder may have been reduced, because the new background color covers part of the original. The figure has presumably become somewhat more one-dimensional because of the alteration of the red color in the fabric and flesh. An unstable red lake pigment appears to have been mixed with lead white to produce the pink tone. In the presence of sunlight the color has faded, and this has altered the relationship of the dark to light areas. Only pigment analysis could confirm this, but visual evidence is provided by observing the area below the rabbet of the frame that has been protected from light; there a suggestion remains of what may have been the original color of the cloth.

 

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