Many wonder why Frank painted and drew scenes of bullfighting when he wasn’t an aficionado of bullfighting.
His wife, Fran Rowe Robbins, added some insight into this phenomenon:
Frank, while on a trip to Spain, was invited by a friend to visit a ranch where they raised bulls. He drew many pictures of bulls and studied their movements. When he moved to Mexico in the 1970’s, he attended some bullfights. He found great interest in the drama, incredible motion, and balletic movement of the matador.
He had studied the techniques and materials of the master painters. He knew how to make paint and gesso. He also studied the anatomy of people and animals and worked on perfecting representations of live movements.
What was most interesting to Frank personally, was expressing art through drawing “BODIES IN MOTION.” I think we can agree that most of his work is alive…