Happy 20th Anniversary The Matador ! Part 3: All versions 1993-2013

I’m not used to paint several versions of a painting as I have so many ideas for new subjects and not enough time…
Despite some businessmen asking me to make a serie on the subject with the different passes of the bullfighting… I’d prefer working on a new idea. There is one Corrida, that’s it. (see previous post about the original painting).
When I have been planning to organize my 20th anniversary restropective with a large amount of paintings, I thought of making a large size painting. But it’s not, had never been, and will never be, the way I’m working. When I get an instant idea and I see it in my head, I know which size it will be.
Instead of looking what to do,  I decided to redo the Matador in a huge size.

Corrida Grande – acrylic paints on canvas by Pascal Lecocq, The Painter of Blue ®, 360x300cm , 142″x118″, lec453, 1995, public.coll.Nausicaa, Centre de la Mer, Boulogne sur Mer, France. © www.pascal-lecocq.com.

Published  in Festival Mondial de l’Image Sous-marine Programme (France, 1997), Nice-Matin (France, 1997), Dykking (Norway, 1999), Festival Mondial de l’Image Sous-marine Programme (France, 1999), Diving Club (Russia, 2000).

Then, when the edition of 3000 prints came to an end, and while I was starting to publish numbers of multiples of my paintings (giclees on paper, canvas or tiles), I needed a great picture of the original painting to proceed with. But I was in the USA, the original was in Paris and all the transparencies I had, not good enough to print.
I decided to redo The Matador for myself, not for sale, in a larger size than the original.
“Corrida III”, oil on canvas 48″x40″ was completed in 2006 and been published in different sizes and supports. It was the artwork shown at the Museum of Art of Fort Lauderdale for the Shark Exhibition May 2012-Jan 2013.

Corrida III -The Matador III-,  oil on canvas by Pascal Lecocq, The Painter of Blue ®, 122×102 cm, 48″x40″, 2006, lec725, artist coll. ©www.pascal-lecocq.com.
Published in  Northwest Dive News (cover, USA, 2007), Diving Almanac Yearbook (Canada, 2007), Diving Almanac book of Records (Canada, 2010), Web Plongee (France, 2010), Dive News Wire (USA, 2010), Dive News Wire (USA, 2010), X-Ray Mag (Denmark, 2010), Chefs-d’oeuvre / Masterpieces by Pascal Lecocq (USA, 2011), Shark ! a visual story (USA, 2012), Travelhost magazine(USA, 2012), Padi (USA, 2013).
An other opportunity I jumped at was the underwater exhibition in a quarry in Québec in 2010. During the 1st exhibition of AQUART 2010, in the workshop of the Aquartistes, five huge half-spheres of 4 feet by 8, were painted by the artists under the eyes and sometimes with the collective complicity of the public. I realized a new version of  my “Matador”. The half-spheres are immersed in the Flintkote Quarry , added to the permanent works which AQUART leaves at the bottom of water every year since 2008. The short notice and short session allowed me to choose again the Matador, which I painted with acrylic paints – not my favorite medium, but considering the timing (Aug 6-7-8, 2010)  and the location of the artwork….-.


Corrida Aquart, acrylic on fiberglass by Pascal Lecocq, The Painter of Blue ®, half sphere 122x244cm, 4″x8″, 2010, lec814, public coll.  Thetfort Mines, Québec ©www.pascal-lecocq.com.
Published in  Festival Mondial de l’Image Sous-marine Programme (France, 2010), Divosea (France, 2010), En Profondeur (Québec, 2011), InVertum (Russia,2011).


I made also a Corrida alike watercolors painting for the 10th anniversary of the Yam Magazine (Israel, 1998):

Corridyam, watercolors on paper  by Pascal Lecocq, The Painter of Blue ®, 20.4 x 31cm, 8″x12″, Lec490a, 1997, priv.coll. Raamana, Israel. © www.pascal-lecocq.com

Published in Yam (Israel, 1998).

For promoting the first Uzzi towel, I repainted the Matador on the windows of the Uzzi stores…

On Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Feb 2001


On John Ringling Circle, Sarasota, Florida, Feb, 2001

On Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, dec 2001


I even made a body painting of it, Feb 2001.


The full serie of the Sketchbook Projects by the Art-House co-op and Brooklyn Art Library I’m still working on,  bears a drawing logo of the Corrida page one of each volume.

And the fun part now: I put the Corrida inside other paintings.

…in the next posts.





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