Display caption

<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