Julio González

Figure known as ‘The Shell-Fish’


Not on display

Julio González 1876–1942
Original title
Personnage dit 'Le Coquillage'
Ink, chalk and watercolour on paper
Support: 244 × 321 mm
Presented by Mme Roberta Gonzalez-Richard, the artist's niece 1972

Catalogue entry

Julio González 1876-1942

T01633 Personnage dit 'Le Coquillage' (Figure known as 'The Shell-Fish') 1941

Inscribed '28.6.41 | J.G.' b.l.
Black ink, chalk and wash on paper, 9 5/8 x 12 5/8 (24.5 x 32.2)
Presented by Roberta González 1972
Exh: Sept Pionniers de la Sculpture Moderne, Hôtel de Ville, Yverdon, July-September 1954 (110) as 'Abstrait'; Begründer der modernen Plastik, Kunsthaus, Zurich, November-December 1954 (110); Julio González, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, April-May 1955 (172); Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, May-June 1955 (172); Kunsthalle, Bern, July-August 1955 (113); Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds, August-September 1955 (99); Französische Zeichnungen des XX. Jahrhunderts, Kunsthalle, Hamburg, September-November 1959 (98, repr.); Cent Sculpteurs de Daumier à nos Jours, Musée d'Art et d'Industrie, Saint-Etienne, March-May 1960 (46); Espagña Libre, Rimini, Florence, Ferrara, Reggio Emilia and Venice, August 1964-May 1965 (works not numbered); Julio González, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Turin, April-May 1967 (85, repr.)
Lit: Josette Gibert, Julio González Dessins: Projets pour Sculptures: Personnages (Paris 1975), p.146 repr.
Repr: Cahiers d'Art, 1947, p.135; Ronald Alley, The González Gift to the Tate Gallery (London 1974), on cover

This is one of a number of drawings made during the war years which appear to be in the nature of sculptural fantasies rather than projects for sculptures which could actually be carried out.

There are the beginnings of another similar drawing in pencil on the verso.

[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.325, reproduced p.325


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