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An image of Manolete by Janet Alderson

Janet Alderson

(Australia 1937 – )

Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on canvas

168.5 x 168.5 cm stretcher

Signature & date
Signed and dated c.r., brown synthetic polymer paint "Alderson 66".
Purchased 1967
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

In a letter to the Curator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Renee Free, dated 9 December 1967, the artist wrote from London:

"Regarding the 'Manolete' painting, the working collages and drawings were done in Cordoba, Spain, and the finished painting in London, as it was easier to transport from there.

A quick biography of Manolete might help me to clarify my ideas for the picture.

He died in 1947 aged 30 at the end of what was to be his retiring year. He was killed killing the bull. He was the greatest matador of his era, some experts say of all time. A shy, serious quiet man, completely dedicated to his art and for the Spanish public he epitomised their post war need for a noble figure of dignity.

Born in the cradle of bull-flighting, Cordoba, and had the typical rag to riches history of the classical bullfighter.

I have tried to paint the passion and tragedy of his art - which was an integral part of his life and also to catch something of the ideal Spanish characters by the use of fairly stark forms and little tonal variation. I then had to make these move without monotony and when I read James Gleeson who said they did so 'with the sombre insistence of a dirge' I felt I had suceeded for one person at least!"

Bibliography (4)

Gallery A (Sydney), Paintings by Janet Alderson, Sydney, 1967. 13; titled 'Manolete'

Walter Kommer (Editor), The Australian, Surry Hills, 15 Apr 1967.

Spain'., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Influenced, Sydney, 16 Mar 1967. NOTE: Review of exhibition held at Gallery A.

Editor Unknown (Editor), 1967 Acquisitions, Sydney, 1967, 9. 1

Exhibition history (2)

Paintings by Janet Alderson (1967), Gallery A (Sydney), Paddington, 16 Mar 1967–26 Mar 1967

Acquisitions 1967, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Mar 1968–01 Apr 1968

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