T01605 Visage fantastique
(Imaginary Head) 1934
Inscribed 'J.G. | 1934' b.l.
Pencil, pen and crayons on paper, 12 3/4 x 9 7/8 (32.5 x 25.1)
Presented by Roberta González 1972
Lit: Josette Gibert, Julio González Dessins: Projets pour Sculptures: Figures (Paris 1975), p.43 repr.
Repr: Ronald Alley, The González Gift to the Tate Gallery (London 1974), p.25
Evidently made as an idea for a welded metal sculpture, though no piece corresponding to it is known. Another drawing dated 1934, which shows a variation on the same idea, is now in the Museo de Arte Moderno in Barcelona (repr. Gibert, op. cit., p.42 as 'Insect Head'). It differs from T01605 in being without the triangular metal plate and the vertical sheet of metal at the back; the eyes are mounted on the ends of thin protruding rods, the hair is more elaborate and there are supporting 'legs' on either side.
[All the drawings by Julio González given to the Tate are authenticated on the back by his daughter Roberta González and inscribed with a title and date, or approximate date. The titles are used in the catalogue entries, but the dating has been made more precise wherever possible. (Julio González's drawings are usually dated from about 1934 onwards, but the great majority of the early drawings are undated).]
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.314, reproduced p.314