Julio González
Solemn Head in Profile 1942

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Julio González 1876–1942
Solemn Head in Profile
Tête profil grave
Date 1942
Medium Graphite, ink, pastel and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 187 x 267 mm
Acquisition Presented by Mme Roberta Gonzalez-Richard, the artist's niece 1972
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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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