Expulsion from the Garden of Eden
A "picador" has been gored during a bullfight and is being carried out of the ring by two assistants. Meanwhile, the bull charges the horse of another "picador" who, with a "suerte de varas", vigorously lances the bull while three "toreros" rush in to draw it away from the horse with their red capes.
Without a doubt this superb composition is one of the most important recent additions to Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza’s collection of 19th-century painting. It is also a significant acknowledgement of the work of Mariano Fortuny. In fact, this canvas was among those auctioned posthumously on 26 April 1875 at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris, where it fetched 4100 francs. Until it resurfaced only a few years ago on the American market, its whereabouts had hitherto been listed in bibliographies as unknown.