Julio González Imaginary Face 1934

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Artist
Julio González 1876–1942
Title
Imaginary Face
Visage fantastique
Date 1934
Medium Graphite, ink and crayon on paper
Dimensions Support: 327 x 251 mm
frame: 600 x 423 x 24 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mme Roberta Gonzalez-Richard, the artist's niece 1972
Reference
T01605
Not on display

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Like the contemporary sculpture <i>Head called 'The Tunnel'</i>, these drawings restructure the head. González explores different cylindrical possibilities for the neck and skull. In <i>Sulky Face</i>, triangles and rectangles spiral outwards to describe the eye and nose, while a single curved plane passes from forehead to chin. <i>Imaginary Face</i> is more extreme. The head itself seems to occupy the void on top of the lower sheath, with the triangle providing a face. Eyes and hair help to locate these abstract forms as features.

August 2004

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