González, Picasso & Friends
Territory: World excluding France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, and Italy
Size: 292 mm x 245 mm
- In-depth exploration of work by Spanish sculptor Julio González and his relationships with other artists, including Picasso, Brancusi, and Gargallo
- Essays by a roster of noted experts in Spanish art of the 20th century
Spanish artist Julio González (1876-1942) is considered one of the most important and innovative sculptors of the first half of the twentieth century. This catalogue for a show at the Gemeentemuseum in the Hague includes essays by noted art historians, archival photographs and materials, and illustrations of more than 100 works of art (20 by Picasso). The exhibition charts González's personal evolution from traditional metalworker in his father's workshop in Barcelona to avant-garde sculptor in Paris. It focuses on the relationship between González and Picasso, specifically, a 4-year collaboration that started in 1928, which played a decisive role in the development of González's unique and innovative style. For Picasso, González's expertise in metalwork opened doors to different forms of expression in sculpture. The accompanying texts also explore González's relationships with other artists, including Brancusi, whose studio he worked in, Pablo Gargallo, and his son-in-law, Hans Hartung.