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Toros: De El Cordobés a Espartaco

Publicity pack for the Spanish newspaper Ya with caricatures of famous bullfighters by Fernando Vinyes.

1988 Spain Heraclio Fournier Vinyes Bullfight Caricatures Add to Collection

Bullfighting may not be an obvious subject for a caricaturist to tackle but Fernando Vinyes has succeeded in this pack with great aplomb. Fifty-two named bullfighters – from El Cordobés to Espartaco – are featured in different humorous situations, with impresarios on the two Jokers. The suit-signs have been adapted to depict an aerial view of a bullring (coins), a glass of wine (cups), a rapier (swords), and a banderilla (batons). The indices are in English. On the back are the symbols of various ganaderías (bull ranches) against a pink background, plus the name of the Spanish daily newspaper, Ya, which ran from 1935 to 1996.

Toros: De El Cordobés a Espartaco” bullfighting playing cards with drawings by Fernando Vinyes i Riera for the Spanish newspaper Ya, made by Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Vitoria, Spain, 1988 Toros: De El Cordobés a Espartaco” bullfighting playing cards with drawings by Fernando Vinyes i Riera for the Spanish newspaper Ya, made by Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Vitoria, Spain, 1988
Toros: De El Cordobés a Espartaco” bullfighting playing cards with drawings by Fernando Vinyes i Riera for the Spanish newspaper Ya, made by Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Vitoria, Spain, 1988

Above: “Toros: De El Cordobés a Espartaco” bullfighting playing cards with drawings by Fernando Vinyes i Riera for the Spanish newspaper Ya, made by Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Vitoria, Spain, 1988. 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 1 title card in tuck box. Size: 63 x 88 mm.

The back design is reproduced on the back of the box • see the box

References

Denning, Trevor: The Playing-Cards of Spain, Cygnus Arts, London, 1996, page 126.

Fournier Museum Catalogue, Vol. III, Spain 1065.

Fernando Vinyes i Riera (Barcelona 1941-1999) was a bullfight critic, draughtsman and caricaturist. He was a founding member of the International Association of Bullfighting Documentalists and Statisticians (ATIDE) • Biography at La Real Academia de la Historia: Vinyes Riera, Fernando

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