Julio González

Sulky Face

1936

Original title
Visage boudeur
Medium
Graphite, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 308 x 232 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Mme Roberta Gonzalez-Richard, the artist's niece 1972
Reference
T01606

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Like the contemporary sculpture <i>Head called 'The Tunnel'</i>, these drawings restructure the head. González explores different cylindrical possibilities for the neck and skull. In <i>Sulky Face</i>, triangles and rectangles spiral outwards to describe the eye and nose, while a single curved plane passes from forehead to chin. <i>Imaginary Face</i> is more extreme. The head itself seems to occupy the void on top of the lower sheath, with the triangle providing a face. Eyes and hair help to locate these abstract forms as features.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

Julio González 1876-1942

T01606 Visage boudeur (Sulky Face) 1936

Inscribed 'J.G. | 1936 | 26-12' b.l. (the initials and year in ink, '26-12' in pencil)
Pencil, pen and watercolour on paper, 12 1/8 x 9 1/16 (30.7 x 23)
Presented by Roberta González 1972
Lit: Josette Gibert, Julio González Dessins: Projets pour Sculptures: Figures (Paris 1975), p.89 repr.
Repr: Ronald Alley, The González Gift to the Tate Gallery (London 1974), p.32

This forms part of the same series of heads as T01608 and T01607.

[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).]

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, p.317, reproduced p.317


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