Joan González

Girl with Black Gloves


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Joan González 1868–1908
Original title
Jeune femme gantée de noir
Pastel on paper. Verso: pastel on paper
Support: 483 × 168 mm
Presented by Mme Roberta Gonzalez-Richard, the artist's niece 1972

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González used drawing as a primary way of exploring his ideas. These drawings, made over a six-year period, show how his abstract idiom was rooted in reality and, especially, in the figure. González concentrated on upright structures that, if translated into sculpture, would make use of the strength and balance available from welded iron. This group gives a sense of his inventiveness as he worked towards images with a high emotional charge.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

Joan Gonzalez 1868-1908

T01663 Jeune Femme gant?e de Noir (Girl with Black Gloves) c. 1905

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Pastel on paper, 19 x 6 5/8 (48.1 x 16.7); the paper has been cut irregularly on the right
Presented by Roberta Gonzalez 1972
Repr: Vicente Aguilera Cerni, Julio Joan Roberta Gonz lez: Itinerario de una Dinastia (Barcelona 1973), pl.329 (dated c.1905)

On the verso is an unfinished drawing of a similar woman seen mainly from the back. The costumes can be dated about 1905.

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.305, reproduced p.305

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