Julio González
Head called 'The Tunnel' 1933-4

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Julio González 1876–1942
Head called 'The Tunnel'
Tête dite 'Le Tunnel'
Date 1933-4
Medium Steel
Dimensions Object: 467 x 216 x 308 mm
No information available
Not on display

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González is regarded as the pioneer of welded iron sculpture. He learned oxyacetylene welding while working at the Renault car factory during the First World War. The tensile strength of iron allowed him to create three-dimensional forms without filling in the volume, an effect that he described as ‘drawing in space’. Many of his works show a concern with the human figure, often in a highly abstracted form. In this work, a cylindrical head is placed above a trapezium neck, with suspended triangles to indicate features.

April 2012

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