The Party

Bullfighting analogy.


The Party, 2001.

Oil on wood

100 x 81 cm




A woman with her face turned away covers her back with a Manila shawl; a feminine garment that is used for festive occasions.

A Peruvian lily adorns her black hair. It is the flower of success, the one that our bullfighters dream of receiving by “doing the Americas” to promote and solidify their artistic career on the other side of the ocean where bullfighting interest and tradition is widespread.

The humble origin of financial uncertainty was a common factor at the start up of the majority of legendary bullfighting figures. For this reason, the earring made of gold coins symbolizes wealth; the economic return that those that confront death in every bullfight hope to achieve and that like these coins do not have heads or tails.

Two bulls flank the figure on both sides: Talent and Willpower - two necessary attributes to achieve success.

Talent: hardworking, scratches at the dirt. Willpower: with head erect it looks at us proud and defiant.

In the background, an arched colonnade with balustrade on top. It takes us to the stands of the bullfighting arena.

This picture was created at the personal and private request of the then Andalusian Regional Manager of Spanish National Radio, Mr. Carmelo Olaso Hernández and Alberto Alonso, to decorate the ceremony for presenting the Golden Ear and Silver Ear bullfighting trophies granted to Curro Romero, “Pharaoh of Camas,” and to Julián López, “El Juli,” in 2001.

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María José Aguilar

María José Aguilar is born in 1964 in the city of Seville, Spain.

From her earliest age she demonstrates artistic inclination and abilities.

She grow up admiring great masters of the History of Painting, especially the Spanish Baroque painters like Murillo, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Valdés Leal ... those that would have a first and great influence on her.

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