Julio GonzálezHead called 'The Tunnel' 1933-4

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Artist
Julio González (1876‑1942)
Title
Head called 'The Tunnel'
Tête dite 'Le Tunnel'
Date 1933-4
MediumSteel
Dimensionsobject: 467 x 216 x 308 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1972
Reference
T01698

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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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