Julio González

Figure with a White Rectangle


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Julio González 1876–1942
Original title
Personnage au rectangle blanc
Ink, paper and graphite on paper
Support: 327 × 254 mm
Presented by Mme Roberta Gonzalez-Richard, the artist's niece 1972

Catalogue entry

Julio González 1876-1942

T01612 Personnage au Rectangle blanc (Figure with a White Rectangle) 1937

Inscribed 'J.G. | 1937 | 4-4' b.l. (the initials and year in ink, '4-4' in pencil)
Pen, collage and pencil on green-blue paper, 12 7/8 x 10 (32.6 x 25.3)
Presented by Roberta González 1972
Lit: Josette Gibert, Julio González Dessins: Projets pour Sculptures: Personnages (Paris 1975), p.46 repr.
Repr: Ronald Alley, The González Gift to the Tate Gallery (London 1974), p.33

The forms in this drawing are related to the welded iron sculpture 'Daphne' which is believed to date from 1933-4, and it is one of six drawings (Gibert, op. cit., pp.44-6) done in 1937 as later variants on this theme, based on the myth of Daphne turning into a tree.

A small number of other drawings of 1937-8 likewise incorporate areas of pasted coloured paper.

[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.318, reproduced p.318

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