T01636 Marie-Thérèse triste
(Marie-Thérèse sad) 1942
Black pastel on off-white paper, 14 3/4 x 10 1/2 (37.3 x 26.6)
Presented by Roberta González 1972
Lit: Josette Gibert, Julio González Dessins: Portraits (Paris 1975), p.101 repr.
This is dated c.1941 by Roberta González on the verso and c.1941-2 by Josette Gibert, but there seems little doubt that it was abstracted from a more realistic drawing of Marie-Thérèse [the artist's wife] dated February 1942 (repr. Gibert, op. cit., p.101). On the verso is an unfinished drawing in black pastel of a very distorted head, apparently the head of Christ with a halo, which can be compared with several drawings of heads dated between 16 and 18 February 1942 (Gibert, J.G. Dessins: Projets pour Sculptures: Figures, pp.148-9).
[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.327, reproduced p.327