Julio González Girl Dressing her Hair 1942

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Artwork details

Artist
Julio González 1876–1942
Title
Girl Dressing her Hair
Jeune femme se coiffant
Date 1942
Medium Ink, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 267 x 371 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mme Roberta Gonzalez-Richard, the artist's niece 1972
Reference
T01639
Not on display

Display caption

The relationship between realism and abstraction in González's work is demonstrated in these drawings, where the two modes of representation converge. The realistic heads are marked with the strict planes and stylistic traits that would facilitate their construction in folded metal. Though schematic, the abstract heads are taut with emotion. All were made in the early years of the Second World War, and their imagery echoes González's response to the Spanish Civil War.

August 2004

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