The Death of the Bull (Pettinicchio)

paint of Umberto Pettinicchio

The Death of the Bull (Spanish: La Muerte del Toro) is a 20th-century late impressionist oil painting by Umberto Pettinicchio. It was made and exhibited in 1981, in Milan]. It is part of the permanent collection of the Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de Santander y Cantabria.[1]

The Death of the Bull
Spanish: La Muerte del Toro
ArtistUmberto Pettinicchio
TypeOil on Canvas
Dimensions330 cm × 247 cm (130 in × 97.4 in)
LocationMAS-Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de Santander y Cantabria, Santander, Spain



The painting is a work on the protection of animals, bringing to life the harsh reality of suffering. The death of the matador exactly reflects the state of mind of the toto raised in the air his neck twisted by pain, the blood gushing from his belly, the same suffering bull. Everything in this composition is dramatic, enhanced by the red that impresses the viewer, making him experience the suffering of the animal.

The work has the very violent colors of red and black. It is even more poignant because the violence is suggested by the size of an immense bull, covered in blood. The violence and brutality of the bull's wiggling for life contrast with the pity and love that wants to generate the suffering of the bull towards the viewer.



  • [s.n.] (1983). Los Cuadernos del norte , volume 4, is. 17-22. Oviedo, España: Caja de Ahorros de Asturias.
  • Giorgio Di Genova (2007). Storia dell'arte italiana del '900 , volume VI, part 1 (en Italiano). Bologna: Edizioni Bora. ISBN 9788888600390.


  1. Umberto Pettinicchio Umberto Pettinicchio, "La Muerte del Toro", 1981, N° Registro: 0616

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