Julio González Shrieking Head, called ‘The Shriek’ 1939

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Artist
Julio González 1876–1942
Title
Shrieking Head, called ‘The Shriek’
Tête criant dite 'Le Cri'
Date 1939
Medium Graphite, ink, watercolour and crayon on paper
Dimensions Support: 280 x 337 mm
frame: 425 x 598 x 23 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mme Roberta Gonzalez-Richard, the artist's niece 1972
Reference
T01618
Not on display

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The relationship between realism and abstraction in González's work is demonstrated in these drawings, where the two modes of representation converge. The realistic heads are marked with the strict planes and stylistic traits that would facilitate their construction in folded metal. Though schematic, the abstract heads are taut with emotion. All were made in the early years of the Second World War, and their imagery echoes González's response to the Spanish Civil War.

August 2004

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