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- Julio González 1876–1942
- Original title
- Femme s'habillant
- Pastel on paper
- Support: 448 x 270 mm
- Presented by Mme Roberta Gonzalez-Richard, the artist's niece 1972
T01590 Femme s'habillant (Woman dressing) c.1909
Pastel on cream paper, 17 9/16 x 10 5/8 (44.7 x 27)
Presented by Roberta González 1972
Lit: Josette Gibert, Julio González Dessins: Femmes à leur Toilette (Paris 1975), p.110 repr. (dated c.1906-14)
Repr: Ronald Alley, The González Gift to the Tate Gallery (London 1974), p.20
Dated by Roberta González about 1905-8 and by Josette Gibert c.1906-14, but close in style to two drawings inscribed 1909, which are reproduced in Gibert, op. cit., pp.17 and 95 as 'Woman in a Chemise doing her Hair' and 'Woman washing her Face'.
González made a number of drawings of women at their toilet from about 1904 onwards, sometimes using one or other of his sisters as model, and some of the same themes appear later in his welded sculptures, such as 'Woman combing her Hair' and 'Woman with a Mirror'.
[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.310, reproduced p.310