Mar 6, 2006

Pensive Face

Pensive Face


Julio González

(Spanish, 1876–1942)

Iron mounted on painted wood

Framed: 34.9 x 30.5 x 8.3 cm (13 3/4 x 12 x 3 1/4 in.); Overall: 24.5 x 19.7 cm (9 5/8 x 7 3/4 in.)

Gift of Ralph King, by exchange 1980.32


González’s early iron sculptures—small heads in low relief made in 1928–29—are closely related in subject, style, and technique to the masks Pablo Gargallo had been producing in copper since 1907 and in iron since 1913. Both artists first learned metalworking techniques during their early years in Barcelona, a city renowned for its tradition of wrought-iron ornament, which reached a new climax in the buildings of Antoni Gaudí.

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