Julio González

Aerial Figure

1941

Original title
Personnage aerien
Medium
Graphite, crayon and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 318 x 248 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Mme Roberta Gonzalez-Richard, the artist's niece 1972
Reference
T01264

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González used drawing as a primary way of exploring his ideas. These drawings, made over a six-year period, show how his abstract idiom was rooted in reality and, especially, in the figure. González concentrated on upright structures that, if translated into sculpture, would make use of the strength and balance available from welded iron. This group gives a sense of his inventiveness as he worked towards images with a high emotional charge.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

Julio González 1876-1942

T01264 Personnage aerien (Aerial Figure) 1941

Inscribed '11.9.41 | J.G.' b.r.
Pencil, pen and ink and crayon on paper, 12 1/2 x 9 3/4 (31.5 x 24.4)
Presented by Roberta González 1971
Exh: Van Rodin tot Heden, Gemeentemuseum, Arnheim, June-October 1963 (129); Julio González, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Turin, April- May 1967 (91, repr. in colour)
Repr: Ronald Alley, The González Gift to the Tate Gallery (London 1974), p.45

Not listed or reproduced by Gibert. A comparison with some related but slightly more figurative drawings made at the same period (e.g. Gibert, J.G. Dessins: Projets pour Sculptures: Personnages, pp.151, 155, 161) confirms that the forms at the top right are the figure's raised, imploring hands and that the head is on the left.

[All the drawings by Julio González given to the Tate are authenticated on the back by his daughter Roberta González and inscribed with a title and date, or approximate date. The titles are used in the catalogue entries, but the dating has been made more precise wherever possible. (Julio González's drawings are usually dated from about 1934 onwards, but the great majority of the early drawings are undated).]

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.326, reproduced p.326


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