Armand Miravalls Bové
Barcelona, Spain 1916 - 1978 
Pedrucho and his Cuadrilla
H82" x W 107" 

Oil on canvas Signed in the middle-lower right 


A monumental and multiple portraits of the very famous bullfighter Pedrucho and his Cuadrilla. A great example of a traditional painting representing an icon of a culture of academic style with roots of the Spanish baroque. Miravalls inherited the golden age of art thanks to Velazquez or Zubarán. We can see in pictorial resources the chiaroscuro, the dark background, the artificial light, and even the color of his pallet, and with the mastery of a great painter who is able to represent the souls of the tragic hero embodied in bullfighters. 

The hero is Pedro Basauri Pedrucho, whom Ernest Hemingway saw bullfighting in Barcelona in 1937 during the civil war. Brave but not defiant, with his eyes fixed on the task that awaits him and not on us, Pedrucho is portrayed with his faithful crew, those who will have to face a fate that is still uncertain

“Neither in Spanish dance nor in bulls does anyone have fun; the goblin takes care of suffering through drama, on living forms, and prepares the stairs for an escape from the surrounding reality”. Words pronounced by Federico García Lorca that speak of life as tragedy and bullfighting as a faithful reflection of it.


II Bienal Hispanoamericana of Art in La Habana in 1954. 

(The painting had highly praised among art critics) 

For the following two years, thanks to the ministry of culture of the different countries, the exhibition traveled all around Hispanoamerica, being exhibited in the Fine Art Museum of Caracas (Venezuela), Lima (Peru), Buenos Aires (Venezuela), Miami (Florida) among others. 

The very famous Art Gallery Velazquez in Buenos Aires in 1956 Private collection in Buenos Aires until 2000 Private collection in Spain 2000