Catalogue entry

Julio González 1876-1942

T01611 Personnage à la Fenêtre (Figure at a Window) 1936

Inscribed 'J.G. | 1936' b.l.
Ink and watercolour on off-white paper, 9 x 6 1/8 (23 x 15.6)
Presented by Roberta González 1972
Lit: Josette Gibert, Julio González Dessins: Projets pour Sculptures: Figures (Paris 1975), p.61 repr.
Repr: Ronald Alley, The González Gift to the Tate Gallery (London 1975), p.30

The abstract form has some resemblance to the stone carving 'The Kiss', but as Roberta González told Josephine Withers that this was probably made in 1934-5 but possibly as late as 1937, one cannot be sure which was done first. There are five other drawings in which the same form appears (Gibert, op. cit., pp.61-3), including two watercolours which likewise show it in a realistic setting in front of a window. Four are also dated 1936; the fifth is undated.

[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.316, reproduced p.316