Monday, October 19, 2015

Toreador - Mary Cassatt

I like this particular painting by Mary Cassatt because the detail she put into it. You can see the different colors blend together to form a realistic flesh color in the man's face and hands. I also like how she was able to depict smoke from the cigarette. The story behind the painting is also pretty interesting. Cassatt traveled to Spain to study the country's historic artists, such as Manet, and while there she saw a bullfight. She was able to paint a picture of a very relaxed moment for a bullfighter, who is normally in very violent moments while in the ring.

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