Artwork information




Black pencil, graphite, watercolour and brown wash on paper




22.6 cm x 30.2 cm



State of conservation

Very good condition, the frame is new and professionally made.




Paris, France


This drawing represents a "mayoral" and his mount, the mayoral is the person in the toro farms in charge of the whole herd. This representation shows the extent to which the artist was inhabited by the world of bullfighting, as were the great Spanish painters such as Pablo Picasso, Miró or Goya.

The dimensions are those of the leaf alone, the frame is not taken into account.


This drawing comes from one of the artist's sketchbooks. The artist's coat of arms is reproduced on the back of the work. This coat of arms was on the drawing book from which this sheet came. The current owner decided to have it framed to be able to enjoy it fully.


• "El Toreo de hoy", preface of Camille Mauclair, Éditions de la bonne idée, 1928
• "Boletín de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Segundo semestre de 1990. Número 71. El legado Barón de Forna". Victoria Durá and Elena Rivera Navarro.


The artist


José de la Peña

Born in 1887


José de la Peña (1887-1961) is a Spanish painter from a noble family of Valencia. He was born in Madrid in 1887 and was Spanish ambassador in Venezuela.

He is mainly known for his representations of bullfighting. Camille Mauclair described José de la Peña as a modest man who was in admiration of Franscico de Goya and who left an important pictorial testimony about bullfighting. 

Camille Mauclair even described his art on bullfighting in 1928 : "these paintings where everything is life and movement, where a broad and firm execution, in a fat and supple paste, models by vigorous shots, in full light, the forms of man and animal, removing all the superfluous, showing only what can be seen from a distance, struggling with speed and intense touch safety with which, more often than not, appears only a furious tangle of shadows and violent colors, and yet has, in this great isolation of the arena, the powerful density of the sculpture."

In 1910, the artist went to Paris where he became friends with artists such as Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso, Maurice Utrillo or Zuloaga. He is considered one of the most talented Spanish painters of his generation. 

In 1920, José de la Peña moved to the Villa Fortuna in Anglet. Upon his death in 1961, he bequeathed his entire studio collection to the city of Anglet.

The artist is presented in the most important Spanish museums for his works on the themes of bullfighting and the horse.

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