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    Sale 5747

    A Sporting Garland: Works by Cecil Aldin

    12 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 24

    Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin, R.B.A. (1870-1935)

    The bull fight

    Price Realised  

    Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin, R.B.A. (1870-1935)
    The bull fight
    signed 'Cecil/Aldin' (lower left)
    coloured chalks heightened with bodycolour
    15¾ x 23¼ in. (40 x 59 cm.)


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    Aldin's striking picture of a bullfight taking place in the Plaza de Toros in Palma de Mallorca conveys a sense of both the enormity and the fascination of the spectacle. His use of light and shadow focuses the viewer's attention onto the bull and the matador as they engage in their duel. The image presents the final stage of the bullfight, or corrida de toros [running of bulls], when the matador, wearing his iconic 'suit of lights' [traje de luces], enters the ring alone carrying a small red cape [muleta] and sword. It is a common misconception that the colour red is supposed to anger the bull, instead red was chosen to make any blood stains less noticeable.

    During this stage of the highly ritualised fight the matador makes a series of passes, often getting exceptionally close to the bull in order to demonstrate his control over the animal, before finally stabbing the creature between the shoulder blades.

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