T01659 L'Arbre noir (Black Tree)
Inscribed 'JG | 1903' b.r.
Black and white pastel on blue paper, 19 3/4 x 25 5/8 (50.2 x 65)
Presented by Roberta González 1972
Repr: Vicente Aguilera Cerni, Julio Joan Roberta González: Itinerario de una Dinastía (Barcelona 1973), pl.422; Ronald Alley, The González Gift to the Tate Gallery (London 1974), p.9
This seems to be Joan González's only dated work of 1903 and is therefore of particular interest as a guide to his style in that year. It was clearly done from imagination or memory, and not directly from nature.
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.302, reproduced p.302