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Torero commemorated in Nîmes


Torero statue, Nîmes, France, August 2018



and at night

In 1989 in Arles, the much revered bullfighter Nimeño II was hurled into the air by a bull named Pañolero. He landed on his head, fractured his cervical vertebrae and suffered paraplegia. An extensive period of rehabilitation returned the use of his legs and right arm, but his left arm remained paralyzed. In late1991, Nimeño II committed suicide.

A few bullfighting arenas have been named after Nimeño II, commemorative plaques have been dedicated and this statue of him has been erected outside the Nîmes arena.

Not a sport I agree with or have ever attended, but it is a striking statue.




Copyright Debbie Smyth, 3 August 2018

Posted as part of Weekend B&W

11 replies »

  1. Very striking photos…and what an interesting background of your shots. Bull fighting certainly has a long history and varied emotional responses to it. If I were in a country where it is practiced would I go? I really don’t know…

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