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19" x 30", oil on board and mixed media.
Ernest Hemingway in his famous book on bullfighting “Death in the Afternoon” wrote, “Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter’s honor.” Joaquin Bernado was a recognized matador who triumphed in Spain. Besides his handsome looks, he had artistry and courage. Bullfighting has its opponents both native and foreign. Lovers of the sport just see the beautiful color of the matador’s suit of lights shine in the sun’s rays, while others just see the horror of the color of blood in the sand. Bullfighting will always remain a cultural divide.