Iconic mid century matador/bullfight motif that was basically created by Rico Tomaso. He really nails it with this one and the people at Intercraft Industries Corporation (a wall art production company) decided it should be part of their line-up. Very convincing texturized print on board makes it seem as if it's actually oil on board. Tomaso's reproductions do come available from time to time but they are rarely this large. The frame alone is a sight to see and thematically fits this subject matter to a tee.
Frame is structurally sound and shows vintage wear commensurate with its age. A couple of small tears in the red velvet, but again, there's a sword in the pic so it makes perfect sense. A couple of small holes in the print but definitely are not very noticeable from more than a couple feet away. As a whole this rare piece is worthy of being proudly showcased on your wall. And if not yours, someone else's who will be reading this sometime after you did.
27 H x 21 W x 1.5 D
Rico Tomaso (1898 in Chicago, Illinois – 1985 in New York, New York) was an illustrator and painter. His works were featured in magazines, novels, and sold as paintings and lithograph prints.
In his youth, Tomaso played the piano for a dance orchestra in which he met drummer Dean Cornwell, who also became a famous illustrator and an influence on Tomaso's own style. Illustration historian Walt Reed wrote that Tomaso's "work mostly resembled Cornwell's in concept and broad brush style."
John T. McCutcheon, family friend and cartoonist for the Chicago Tribue, encouraged Tomaso's artistic talent. Tomaso studied at the Art Institute of Chicago with J. Wellington Reynolds. He also studied at the Art Students League of New York with teachers including Dean Cornwell, Robert Henri and Harvey Dunn.