Bullfighting and painting have been closely linked since time immemorial. The drama and elegance of the art of bullfighting has captivated throughout history painters and artists of all kinds, who have depicted this topic within the most varied artistic currents: from romanticism to impressionism, to abstract art; and the most varied techniques ( oil painting, engraving, drawing …).
The world of bullfighting, although it has been surrounded by controversy in recent years, is an indisputable source of inspiration for the art world, arising an interest which has been embodied in many different ways: either with all the drama of the bullfighting arena, or capturing the small details, such as the bullfighter resting after his work is over.
The bull itself is also a good source of inspiration: many paintings and prints have them as centerpieces, either isolated or as a part of a rural landscape.
Among the major international artists who have addressed the topic of bullfighting we should highlight Mary Stevenson Cassatt (After the Bullfight), Vincent Van Gogh (Les Arenes) and Manet (The Bullfight).
In the field of Spanish painting we have to include two great geniuses, Francisco de Goya, who painted a series of drawings and prints dedicated to the art of bullfighting (La Tauromaquia), which he finished in 1816; and Picasso, for whom the bull would be one of his favorite themes throughout his artistic career, portraying this topic even in his most famous works, such as the Guernica. For Picasso, the subject of bullfighting would be almost an obsession, and also the link which he would use to remember his country of birth during his exile.
We should not forget other important Spanish artists who have also been attracted to the world of bullfighting, such as Angel Lizcano (La cogida del diestro), Zuloaga (Toreros) and Carlos Ruano Llopis, among others.
As we have seen, the art world has continued to exploit bullfighting during most of its history, and today it remains one of the key themes that never goes out of fashion, and arouses the constant interest of many art collectors. Therefore, the acquisition of paintings, drawings and engravings linked to bullfighting, in addition to providing the intrinsic artistic value that each piece has in itself, is a good economic investment..
The artworks of this subject, and especially when they come from the brush of a good artist, tend to increase their value over time: this is the case of the paintings of José Puente, one of the most famous painters of the twentieth century in the field of bullfighting arts.
Born in 1928, José Puente settled in Madrid to begin his career as a graphic designer and publicist, but soon showed interest in the field of taurine painting. Through its collaboration with magazines he had the opportunity to become one of the most important graphic artists of the last century, earning his place among other names such as Roberto Domingo, Llopis or Reus. He eventually became part of the staff of ABC newspaper, illustrating the columns devoted to bullfighting.
His work draws on sources such as Martínez de León, Roberto Dominguez, Monedero, Marcos Gonzalez and Antonio Casero.
Thanks to their quality and prospect of appreciation, the works of José Puente enjoy a prominent place in our art gallery, and of course, in the collections of many connoisseurs of the art world.
You can learn more about this artist following the link to our gallery at the end of this article.
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