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Manet's brother Eugène was the model for the painting, according to Étienne Moreau-Nélaton and Adolphe Tabarant. It was one of Manet's works that was rejected by the Salon de Paris in 1866. The prefect agreed to let the artist show these pieces in his studio instead, as long as he did not open the doors too wide. It depicts a matador or torero enjoying applause from the crowd after killing a bull, while the work's first buyer, Théodore Duret, claimed it depicted a matador seeking permission from the crowd to kill the bull.
The Matador Saluting, unlike Miss V Dressed as a Bullfighter, was painted after the artist's 1865 trip to Spain and reflects his enthusiasm for the nation and its art. According to Charles S. Moffet, the painting demonstrates Manet's inspiration from the compositions and palette of Diego Velázquez and Francisco de Zurbarán. It was Manet's first large-scale painting. Louisine Havemeyer was hesitant to purchase the picture from Duret, believing that its scale would be inconvenient for her husband, but she eventually chose to do so after Mary Cassatt confirmed that "it was just the format Manet envisioned." In reality, Henry Osborne Havemeyer grew infatuated with large-scale paintings, and he also purchased Young Man Dressed as a Majo, a piece from the artist's Spanish period. In 1929, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York received the two pieces. Miss V in a Bullfighter Costume is also present.
The perfect accent for any space! Each wood print is unique due to the natural qualities of each individual panel of wood.
• Wood canvas made from Birch wood sourced from sustainable Canadian forests • UV set inks, meaning the print resists water • Each wood print is made in Montreal, Canada • Easy care, don’t touch the print if you don’t have to, but you can wipe it with a dry or damp cloth to remove dust • Arrives ready to hang! 4 panel frame in back allows you to just pop the wood print on a small nail in the wall, no wires necessary