Art Book of the Month, March 2016

In a new series on this blog, we’re shining a light on some of the treasures of the Art & Design Collection at Westminster Reference Library.

Toros y Toreros by Pablo Picasso
Toros y Toreros by Pablo Picasso
Texte de Luis Miguel Dominguin et une etude de Georges Boudaille

Thames and Hudson, 1961
Text in English and Spanish. Double Folio

“Yesterday, Pablo phoned me from Cannes. He had already told me he wanted me to do something for a book that was being published soon. So I spoke to him about it as we had already spoken before, without my yet being able to find out what the book was about or what he wanted me to do. I asked him if it was a preface, a text, a commentary that he wanted, whether he expected me to talk about art, about bullfighting or about the polar star. But he only answered that any one of these subjects would suit the purpose”

Toros y toreros is a book of drawings by Picasso, about bulls and bullfighting, published in 1961 with a written commentary by the celebrated Matador Luis Miguel Dominguin and an essay by Journalist and Art Critic,  Georges Boudaille. The frontispiece is a facsimile reproduction of the artist’s handwritten title page.

Picasso and Dominguin met in 1950, introduced to each other by Jean Cocteau.  They became close friends and apparently Picasso designed the famous matador’s chaquetilla and trousers. In the book there are a variety of sketches in both colour and black and white. Some of these are busy and detailed, others barely an outline.

On a cold March day, if only for a minute or two, you’ll feel transported to the hot terraces of a Plaza de Toros, your head in a tunnel of spinning colours and sounds.



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