Julio González

Stern Mask with a Beard


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Julio González 1876–1942
Original title
Masque rigoureux à la barbe
Crayon, ink and graphite on paper
Support: 314 × 244 mm
Presented by Mme Roberta Gonzalez-Richard, the artist's niece 1972

Catalogue entry

Julio González 1876-1942

T01607 Masque rigoureux à la Barbe (Stern Mask with a Beard) 1936

Inscribed 'J.G. | 1936 | 30-12' b.l. (the initials and year in ink, '30-12' in pencil)
Crayon, pencil and pen on paper, 12 3/8 x 9 5/8 (31.4 x 24.5)
Presented by Roberta González 1972
Lit: Josette Gibert, Julio González Dessins: Projets pour Sculptures: Figures (Paris 1975), p.99 repr.

From the same series of heads as T01608 and T01606. About fifteen of the last drawings from this series, made in November-December 1936 or, as a kind of postscript, in April 1937 (Gibert, op. cit., pp.94-101), place great emphasis on a bristling beard, moustache and hair. González had made two wooden sculptures about 1933-4, known as 'The Apostle' and 'Beard and Moustache', which are based on beards and moustaches.

[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, pp.317-18, reproduced p.317

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