Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes
The Spirited Moor Gazul is the First to Spear Bulls According to the Rules (El animoso moro Gazul es el primero que lanceó toros en regla)
From the series, The Bullfight (La Tauromaquia), Plate 5
9 3/4 in. x 13 7/8 in. (24.77 cm x 35.24 cm)
Medium and Support:
Etching and aquatint on paper
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr., in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr.
La Tauromaquia was created between between 1814 and 1816, illustrating the origins, history and practices of bullfighting. The complete series was composed of forty plates, of which this is Plate 5. The works of the Tauromaquia are some of Goya's most accomplished, as he downplayed the use of the etched line, and emphasized the effects created by aquatint in producing light, shadow and atmosphere.