Photo: Mexican Secretariat of Culture


After having been viewed by more than 50,000 people in the central Mexican city of Puebla, a 26-piece collection of aquatint etchings by Spanish contemporary master Pablo Picasso opened on Wednesday, March 28, at the Veracruz State Art Museum in Orizaba.

The La Tauromaquia paintings, on loan from the Bank of America Collection, deal with images of bullfighting, a theme that was central to many of Picasso’s works.

The collection also includes works by eight of Picasso’s contemporaries: Eugenio Merino, Kepa Garraza, Pierre D’Argyll, Manolo Valdés, Alberto Corazón, Miquel Navarro, Juan Garaizábal  and Bernardí Roig.

Picasso completed this body of work in 1957 as a homage to the famous 18th century matador José Delgado.

Picasso’s fascination with the bullfight started when he was a young boy in Málaga.

His childhood notebooks from school are filled with sketches of matadors, bullrings and picadors.

In fact, Picasso’s first painting, created in 1889, was of a matador.

The Picasso aquatint etchings will remain on display at the Veracruz Art Museum, located inside the former Oratorio de San Felipe Neri on Oriente 4 1262 in downtown Orizaba, through Sept. 2.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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