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The origins of the bullfight can be traced back to prehistoric times, as well as to the civilizations of Babylonia, the Aegean and Phoenecia. The painter compares his solitude, in front of his canvas, to that of the toreador, alone in the bullring. The writer portrays the bullfight as the only art form in which the creative artist constantly puts his life at risk.

Today, the passion of its followers still confronts the detractor's horror at the "barbaric" spectacle. Hated or loved, the corrida with all its ritual and symbolism, has been an inspiration to many artists.

This book was very important to me: I had the idea of it's conception and made historical and iconografical researches. I wrote all the presentation texts. I also worked on the translations and of course made the layout and design.

The book was very well reviewed.

Nicolas Pewny

Nota: I did not change the presentation of this page (was done in 1995

image book corrida


In "CORRIDA", we have collected the 33 etchings Fransisco de Goya's "Tauromachy", the 26 etchings Pablo Picasso's "Tauromachy" and August Puig's oils for "69 Images" on the poem "Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias" by Federico Garcia Lorca.

The etchings of Goya and Picasso present a spectacle of light and shade; Puig's oils are a spectacle of colour. The whole is a spectacle that begins with the classic and tragic perception of Goya, moves to Picasso's lighter but still figurative vision and concludes with Puig's seeming abstractions, based on the Lorca poem, whose music has provided a rhythm for all that is illustrated in this book.

272 pages size 24,5 x 34,5 cm, bound, 59 illustrations in black and white 69 illustrations in color .


bullet French Institute of BARCELONA :15 October - 15 November 1996

bulletCervantes Institute PARIS 5 March 1997


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A few comments

bulletThe music of Lorca's poetry rhythmes with the book's illustrations.Both are the fruit of an original notion, a subtle dialogue between verse and painting. The eye wanders with delight over these aesthetic an poetical variations . (M. Audema- Midi Libre )

bulletThe book's pages flow as though from a fountain.... The illustrations echo Lorca's verse like notes in a symphony. (Antonio Fernandéz- Molina - ABC , Spain)

bulletA splendid book.... one could not dream of anything cleaner, more pure or more beautiful....To quote Jean Cocteau : "A work is beautiful the way someone is handsome, beauty is sufficient unto itself." (Pierre Cordelier - Radio Monte Carlo )

bulletThis book in three languages is a gamble...won with admirable graphic grace by the Editions du Choucas. The illustrations are an ideal counterpoint to Garcia Lorca's powerful poem. A joy for the eyes and the soul. ( Dee Brooks - VO Hebdo, Paris )


Picasso Puig

bulletA magnificent book....underscored by Garcia Lorca's poem, the great August Puig has brushed to stoy of tauromachy in 69 abstract, but ptofoundly fitting, illustrations.... Aesthetically truly surprising, and memorable. (Jaume Fabrega- EL Punt, Spain)

bulletLorca's poem is in three languages, as are the introductions to the artists' works. The layout and design are of great quality. A legendary poem... three different styles, artistic testimonies of three different eras, all of a single passionate theme.... (Miguel Darrieumerlou - Toros)

bulletA magnificent and most interesting book.It has the character to be different from others you might find. (Leopoldo Conde de la Maza, breeder of fighting bulls )

bulletA beautiful and indispensable book for art lovers and "aficionados" . ( Alain Carretero - Radio France )


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