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Eugenio Lucas Velazquez (1817 - 1870)

Lot 182: Eugenio Lucas Velázquez Madrid 1817-1870 , Mariano Ceballos cabalgando (Mariano Ceballos mounted); Banderillas de fuego (Banderillas with Firecrackers) oil on canvas, a pair


November 14, 2007
London, United Kingdom

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oil on canvas, a pair


each: 50.5 by 66cm., 19 7/8 by 26in. (2)


José Manuel Arnaiz, Eugenio Lucas, Su Vida y su Obra, Madrid, 1981, p. 352, no. 122 & p. 354, no. 123, illustrated


Martin Collection, Madrid
Purchased by the present owners from the above in 1992


Profoundly influenced by Francisco Goya, Lucas's paintings are after two of Goya's preparatory drawings for his print series La Tauromaquia (The Art of Bullfighting), published in 1816 and representing thrilling moments of the bullfights of Goya's own day (see Pierre Gassier and Juliet Wilson, Goya His Life and Work, London, 1971, nos. 1212 & 1213 and 1237 & 1238). Thirty-three plates were originally published, including Banderillas de fuego; five further plates, among them Mariano Ceballos, remained unpublished.

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