“Toreador” (1873) by Mary Cassatt (1844- 1926). In 1873 Mary Cassatt traveled to Spain 🇪🇸, where she lived for six months. In Spain she enjoyed her freedom as visitor and an outsider, painting what she wanted instead of what was expected. This portrait of a toreador is one of the several of the pictures that were inspired by bullfighting.
Mary Cassatt suggested a different way of representing this quintessentially Spanish subject. She depicted the bullfighter at a relaxed moment, in a casual pose instead of the usual heroic one.