T01624 Visage maltais
(Maltese Face) 1940
Inscribed '28-4-40 | J.G.' b.r.
Pencil, pen and ink and wash on paper, 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 (31.8 x 24.2)
Presented by Roberta González 1972
Lit: Josette Gibert, Julio González Dessins: Projets pour Sculptures: Figures (Paris 1975), p.128 repr.
González made a series of about 27 drawings of mask-like faces between 25 April and 25 May 1940, the earliest, like this, having a strong resemblance to African masks. There is another pen and wash drawing almost identical to this one which is dated the same day (reproduced by Gibert, op. cit., p.127 as 'African Mask'). The title 'Maltese Face' (Visage maltais) inscribed on the verso by Roberta González is puzzling, as the head has a distinctly African character.
[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.321, reproduced p.321