Inscribed '25.2.41 | J.G.' b.l.
Pencil, watercolour, pen and ink on paper, 10 3/8 x 7 3/8 (26.4 x 18.8)
Presented by Roberta González 1971
Exh: Joan González, Julio González, Roberta González, Sala de Santa Catalina del Ateneo, Madrid, 1968 (works not listed, repr. in colour); Palacio de la Virreina, Barcelona, 1968 (works not listed, repr. in colour)
Lit: Josette Gibert, Julio González Dessins: Portraits (Paris 1975), p.72 repr.
Repr: Ronald Alley, The González Gift to the Tate Gallery (London 1974), p.41
González made a number of self-portraits, especially from 1938 onwards. Gibert, op.cit., pp.64-83 reproduces at least 31 self-portrait drawings and watercolours made between early October 1940 and the end of July 1941, including this work and T01632. This is perhaps the most complete of the whole series.
[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.323, reproduced p.323