Christian Gaillard

Christian Gaillard was an award-winning French artist known for his portraits of bullfighters viewed from behind, posed in the “relaxed posture of beast-taming gladiators”.


He was the first non-Spanish artist to be awarded the first prize in the Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla, and his winning painting became part of the Maestranza’s collection.


The figurative style that Gaillard employed throughout his artworks was inspired mostly by Spanish painters such as Velasquez, Goya, and members of the Mexican Baroque. The artist’s process as a painter was informed by photography and video, which were mediums he also worked with.


In 2002, Gaillard donated his painting Profile Of Courage; a tribute to the firefighters who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks to the Paris Fire Brigade which was, in turn, donated to its sister institution, the New York City Fire Department. Printed reproductions of this painting were also sold to raise funds for New York City firefighters.