Arthur Melville, ARSA RSW ARS (British, 1855-1904) Outside the Bullring  60 x 85 cm. (24 x 33.5 in.)
Lot 31*
Arthur Melville, ARSA RSW ARS (British, 1855-1904) Outside the Bullring 60 x 85 cm. (24 x 33.5 in.)
£60,000 - 80,000
US$ 93,000 - 120,000

Lot Details
Pictures from an Important Private Canadian Collection
Arthur Melville, ARSA RSW ARS (British, 1855-1904)
Outside the Bullring
signed 'Arthur Melville' (lower left), label fragment reads 'The Bull R-/Arthur Melville/13 Melbury Road/Kensington/London/£250' (on stretcher)
watercolour, gouache and white heightening
60 x 85 cm. (24 x 33.5 in.)
in the artist's original exhibition frame

Footnotes

  • EXHIBITED:
    Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy, 1899, cat.no.601 (£250)

    LITERATURE:
    AE Mackay, Arthur Melville, Scottish Impressionist, Leigh on Sea, 1951, pp.109, 139

    Melville returned to Spain in the spring of 1899, just before his marriage, at the peak of his talents as an exhibiting artist. He executed a number of larger-format works on the theme of the bullfight as a spectacle, such as The Little Bullfight, Bravo Toro (V&A, London) drawn in Madrid. Many of these are illustrated in Mackay's book, and constitute some of his finest later works. This subject gave full reign to his ability to capture light, movement and action, and in this example we see the crowd waiting at the gate for entry to the bullring. Melville's compositions were progressive and ambitious and, for him, the areas of 'space' were as important as the applied colour. Often asymmetrical, this creates a visual tension, reflecting how the crowd would have felt in expectation of witnessing Spain's most celebrated cultural tradition.
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