Joan González

Face of a Woman


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Joan González 1868–1908
Original title
Visage de femme
Graphite on paper
Support: 295 × 190 mm
Presented by Mme Roberta Gonzalez-Richard, the artist's niece 1972

Catalogue entry

Joan González 1868-1908

T01660 Visage de Femme (Face of a Woman) c.1902

Inscribed 'González' b.r.
Pencil on paper, 11 5/8 x 7 1/2 (29.6 x 19.2); the edges of the paper are torn and the dimensions somewhat irregular
Presented by Roberta González 1972

There is a very similar pencil drawing of the same woman in the Louvre (repr. Cerni, pl.39), which must have been done at the same time, probably on the same day. It is rather larger, 46 x 25cm, and includes more of the torso; also it shows the head turned further to the left, nearly but not quite in profile. Both may have been very stylised portraits of the artist's elder sister Pilar, born in 1870.

They appear to be close in date to a gouache of the head and shoulders of a man, inscribed 'Jove de Margarell' (repr. Cerni, pl.29 in colour), which by its colour and handling and type of signature must be an early work, of about 1902.

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.301, reproduced p.301

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