Julio González - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, March 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Galerie Libéral Bruant, Paris
    Private Collection (acquired from the above in 2005)
    Collection Claude Berri, Christie's, Paris, 22 October 2016, lot 8B
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie de France et Lugano, Galleria Pieter Coray, Julio González, dessins inédits, March - November 1993, p. 127 (illustrated)
    Paris, Galerie Libéral Bruant, Julio González, Peintures, dessins, sculptures, November 2005 - March 2006, p. 143, no. 57 (illustrated, p. 74)

  • 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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Têtes de femmes (recto); Têtes et études de sculptures (verso)

signed with the artist's initials and dated 'J.G 1939 24.4' lower left; dated '28-1-40' on the reverse
india ink and graphite on paper
24.4 x 32.2 cm (9 5/8 x 12 5/8 in.)
Executed in 1939 and 1940.

£7,000 - 9,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 3 March 2023