La Corrida by Hermine David

La Corrida by Hermine David

La Corrida

Hermine David

Title

La Corrida

 
Artist

Hermine David

  1886 - 1970 (biography)
Year
1929  
Technique
drypoint 
Image Size
10 1/16 x 11 1/2" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
28 of 100  
Annotations
 
Reference
illustrated on page 55 in 'Hermine David: Peintre-graveur de l'Ecole de Paris' 
Paper
antique-white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
13624 
Price
$550.00 
Description

"La Corrida" (The Bullfight) was done in 1929, probably during David's trip to the Balearic Islands by way of Barcelona, Spain. The drama of the bullfight, viewed from high in the stands, is intensified by David's use of jet black shadows emanating from the bull and the matador, while the ring is bathed in bright light. To the right a group of matadors wait their turns.

David's use of drypoint line to create this complicated image is masterful. The viewer is drawn from the action in the foreground to the action in the stands, to the canvas and flags of the stadium walls blowing in the wind, on to the rugged mountains and finally the storm clouds forming overhead. You can feel the energy if you try.