Julio González - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 13, 2020 | Phillips

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    Julio González, 'Personnage Insectiforme', Lot 193

    20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, 14 February

  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Private Collection, Spain

  • Literature

    Josette Gilbert, Julio Gonzalez, Projets pour Sculptures - Personnages, Paris, 1975, p. 70 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Julio González

    Widely regarded as the “father of all iron sculpture,” Julio González is best known for his expressive use of iron as a sculptural medium and his close collaboration with the leading artists of his day, including Pablo Picasso and Constantin Brancusi. 

    González was born in Barcelona in 1876 to a family of metalworkers. After their father died, González and his brother Joan assumed ownership of the family workshop and focused their attention to furthering their artistic aspirations. The brothers immersed themselves in Barcelona’s vibrant cultural scene, frequenting the Els Quatre Gats café, where they developed friendships with artists such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. González later moved to Paris and undertook training in welding, the technique that would undergird his later artistic successes. While González worked with many of his contemporaries in Paris, his collaboration with Picasso was especially impactful as it provided González with an intellectual framework for creating linear, cubistic sculptures made of iron. González’s work from this time popularized the use of forged and welded iron in artmaking and is unique in that the artist participated directly in the creation of his work, in comparison to many of his contemporaries who sent their work to be executed at foundries.

    Gonzales’s work has been celebrated during and after his lifetime. He exhibited at the Spanish Pavilion of the 1937’s World Fair in Paris alongside Picasso’s Guernica and his work is represented in the collections of leading cultural institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. González died in Arceuil, France in 1942.

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Personnage Insectiforme

signed with the artist's initials, inscribed and dated 'j.G. 1938 vendredi' lower left; titled and inscribed 'raisonné Recensé FW837 Personnage insectiforme' on the reverse
graphite, coloured pencil and ink on paper, two-sided
26.5 x 22 cm (10 3/8 x 8 5/8 in.)
Executed in 1938.

This work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné being prepared by Tomás Llorens.

£15,000 - 20,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 14 February 2020