The Bullfighter's Salute

The bull-fighter salutes the crowd after having killed the bull. This may be a depiction of the bull-ring in Madrid, and the figure could be a portrait. It is one of a small number of scenes of this type executed by the artist and probably originates from one of his trips to Spain in 1867/8 and 1870/2.

The painting was possibly commissioned in Paris in 1869; said to have been painted in 1869. It is probably identifiable as a picture sent by the artist for exhibition and sale in London in 1873.

Key facts

Artist dates
1838 - 1874
Full title
The Bullfighter's Salute
Date made
probably 1869
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
61 x 50.2 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Marcus van Raalte, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery