Julio González Maternity 1934

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Artist
Julio González 1876–1942
Title
Maternity
Maternité
Date 1934
Medium Steel and stone
Dimensions Object: 1305 x 406 x 235 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1970
Reference
T01242
Not on display

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<i>Maternity</i> is one of González's most striking sculptures from the mid-1930s. The use of welded steel rods lends an unprecedented openness to the structure and epitomises his idea of 'drawing in space'. Like much of González's work, <i>Maternity</i> appears to be abstract while retaining figurative references. The structure builds from the horizontal circle, through the stepped form, to the upper loop projected into space. This loop suggests a head with sprouts of hair, and a ring and plate indicate breasts.

August 2004