About this artwork
A pioneer of welded iron sculpture, Julio González initially worked in his native Barcelona as a metalsmith and later pursued a career in painting in Paris. It was there that he came to know Pablo Picasso, with whom he eventually embarked on a group of landmark metal sculptures. This work is one of approximately 30 heads that González fabricated during the first, and most experimental, phase of his evolution as a sculptor. It presents a traditional subject—the head of a woman—executed in a modernist style and industrial technique. Rather than carving a stone or wood block, or modeling with clay or plaster, González welded together pieces of iron cut into geometric shapes to indicate a woman’s features.
- Julio González
- Woman with Hair in a Bun
- Iron on stone base
- 21 1/2 × 8 × 8 1/4 in. (54.6 × 20.3 × 21 cm)
- Ada Turnbull Hertle, Laura R. Magnuson, Samuel A. Marx, and Morris L. Parker funds
- © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris