• "I don't think you can be a painter unless you passionately love paint, the sensuality of it, the life of it."

    Maggi Hambling, quoted in Marina Warner's foreword to the solo exhibition catalogue, Sepentine Gallery, 1987 


     

  • Maggi Hambling, Dead Bull, 1987

    Maggi Hambling

    Dead Bull, 1987 oil on canvas, signed and dated 1987 on reverse.

    37 x 30 in
    94 x 76.2 cm
  • IAP Fine Art is delighted to offer the painting Dead Bull by Maggi Hambling, which has been in a private...

    Maggi Hambling photographed by Lucinda Douglas- Menzies

    IAP Fine Art is delighted to offer the painting Dead Bull  by Maggi Hambling, which has been in a private collection since it featured in the artist's major solo exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in 1987.  It is a superbly executed painting, with all the dust, heat and final drama of the bull ring, with the very 'thisness' of a specific moment in the bullfight depicted.  It is reproduced in the exhibition catalogue, which has an excellent introductory essay by Dame Marina Warner, DBE, FRSL, FBA.  The catalogue is now very rare, but one signed copy will be included in the sale of this work. Please contact us for further details. 

     

    The following are  excerpts from Marina Warner's catalogue text: 

     

    At her first bullfight in Madrid in 1977, Hambling timed the fights, and discovered that the longest was twenty minutes. She was profoundly shocked by such expeditiousness, but after a while she found herself gripped all the same. " Finally it's the degradation of an innocent animal, and it's unfair and appalling" [...]

     

    She identifies with the animal in the ring, its spirit joins with hers in the act of painting, the bull comes to represent the ultimate victim,  felled by guile in the interest of frivilous, cruel entertainment, all too human in character [...]

      

  • "[...]showing the animal hauled off by its forelegs [...] record actual moments in the course of a fight, but they are also keyed up by the artist's exclusion of extraneous incident or other figures and confer on the bull the stature of a sacrificial victim." 

    (Marina Warner, Serpentine exhibition catalogue, 1987)

  • Dead Bull ,1987, verso of canvas with signature and date.

    Dead Bull ,1987, verso of canvas with signature and date.

  • The major solo exhibition 'MAGGI HAMBLING, Paintings, Drawings and Watercolours' at the Serpentine Gallery, 17 Oct - 22 Nov 1987,... The major solo exhibition 'MAGGI HAMBLING, Paintings, Drawings and Watercolours' at the Serpentine Gallery, 17 Oct - 22 Nov 1987,... The major solo exhibition 'MAGGI HAMBLING, Paintings, Drawings and Watercolours' at the Serpentine Gallery, 17 Oct - 22 Nov 1987,...

    The major solo exhibition 'MAGGI HAMBLING, Paintings, Drawings and Watercolours' at the Serpentine Gallery,  17 Oct - 22 Nov 1987, was supported by the Baring Foundation, and included new works alongside works borrowed from the collections of the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. It was accompanied by a full colour catalogue, with foreword by Alister Warman, Director of Serpentine, and an introductory essay on Maggi Hambling and her works for the exhibition by Dame Marina Warner.  Dead Bull  is featured in the catalogue and specifically mentioned in the essay.  

  • Dead Bull is also reproduced in colour on page ninety in the monograph MAGGI HAMBLING THE WORKS and conversations with... Dead Bull is also reproduced in colour on page ninety in the monograph MAGGI HAMBLING THE WORKS and conversations with... Dead Bull is also reproduced in colour on page ninety in the monograph MAGGI HAMBLING THE WORKS and conversations with...

    Dead Bull  is also reproduced in colour on page ninety in the monograph MAGGI HAMBLING THE WORKS and conversations with Andrew Lambirth (Unicorn Press, 2006). For all enquiries regarding this painting, including price and shipping, please contact us