Julio González Figure with Balls, known as ‘Severe’ 1938

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Artist
Julio González 1876–1942
Title
Figure with Balls, known as ‘Severe’
Personnage aux boules dit 'Sévère'
Date 1938
Medium Ink, crayon and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 356 x 279 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mme Roberta Gonzalez-Richard, the artist's niece 1972
Reference
T01615
Not on display

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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.

August 2004

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