Joan González

Spring Undergrowth


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Original title
Sous-bois printanier
Gouache on paper
Support: 648 x 502 mm
Presented by Mme Roberta Gonzalez-Richard, the artist's niece 1972

Catalogue entry

Joan González 1868-1908

T01655 Sous-Bois printanier (Spring Undergrowth) c.1901-2

Inscribed 'González' b.r.
Gouache on paper, 25 1/2 x 19 3/4 (65 x 50)
Presented by Roberta González 1972
Lit: Pierre Descargues, Joan González (Paris 1971), p.34

This appears to have been painted from nature and is probably one of the drawings which he made in the bois de Clamart, on the south-western outskirts of Paris, near Meudon. 'I saw the bois de Clamart,' he wrote in a note quoted by Descargues, 'of which I have unforgettable memories, for it was there that I began to work with deep conviction and enthusiasm.'

Published in:
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, pp.299-300, reproduced p.299