T01635 Marie-Thérèse au Voile No.2
(Marie-Thérèse with a Veil No.2) 1941
Inscribed '8.8.41 | J.G.' b.l.
Black pastel on paper, 12 3/8 x 9 1/2 (31.4 x 24)
Presented by Roberta González 1972
Lit: Josette Gibert, Julio González Dessins: Portraits (Paris 1975), p.135 repr.
González's first series of drawings of a woman with a veil over her head (see the note on T01631) made between January 1940 and July 1941 seems to have had an imaginary head as starting-point and gradually became more and more stylised and distorted. Then in late July 1941 he began what could be regarded as a second series, based this time on the head of his wife Marie-Thérèse, who was the model for many of his later drawings. Gibert, op. cit., pp.131-8, reproduces thirteen drawings of Marie-Thérèse in a veil dated August 1941 and there are also at least two oil paintings of the same theme, probably done about the same time.
[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.326, reproduced p.326