The artist born in the island of Majorca of course does not forget his Spanish origin. He compares the smooth surface of sand in the arenas to the dunes of Mali and imagines the bird's-eye view of this perfect circle during a bullfight. He realized approximately 30 paintings in 1990 on this theme with his technique of thick colored mixed media kneaded with saw and knife.
The concentric figure of the arena is designed to be seen as a whirlwind conducive to a vertigo accentuated by the centrifugal force of the outer circle of the tiers. The group made up of the torero and the beast is tiny and can be placed in various places inside the circle but this aficionado ensures a movement without error in all phases of the action. The muleta brings an interesting red spot.
Faena de muleta, 160 x 196 cm, was sold for £ 4M including premium by Christie's on June 28, 2011 over a lower estimate of £ 1.5M.
Muletero, 131 x 161 cm, was sold for £ 2.34M including premium by Sotheby's on June 29, 2011. It is for sale by Phillips in London on March 8, lot 17 estimated £ 2.5M. Please watch the video shared by Phillips.
En los medios, 90 x 90 cm, was sold for £ 510K including premium by Sotheby's in London on February 5, 2004 and comes back in the same auction room on March 8, lot 41 estimated £ 500K.
Pase de pecho, 65 x 81 cm, is estimated £ 1M for sale by Christie's on March 7, lot 36.
RESULTS INCLUDING PREMIUM :
Phillips : £ 2.95M
Sotheby's : £ 1.15M
Christies : £ 1.15M