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Julio Gonzalez
Femme a la longue chevelure
Pen and ink and wash on paper

12.25 x 9.5 "

Moeller Fine Art

Unlike many of González's pen and ink drawings which appear as detailed studies, Femme a la longue chevelure is a finished work in pen, ink, and wash that places the female subject within a setting. Although abstract, the viewer maintains that the woman is standing inside a room, before a chair and in front of a window as she combs her long hair. The subject is one González explored throughout his career. Four drawings with this exact theme from 1904 can be found in the collection of Carmen Martinez and Viviane Grimminger in Paris. Additionally, Large Nude, an oil from 1908-10, now in the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris presents a full length nude fixing her hair. Other, less finished and more abstracted studies of the subject date from the mid 1920s to the early 1930s. Femme a la longue chevelure, 1940 revisits the imagery González reused and reworked over the span of his career. Whereas his early examination of the subject was very literal, referencing a realist tradition, his mid career investigation of the imagery was more abstract, likely a result of his working collaborations with Picasso. Femme a la longue chevelure comes at the end of his life where his style once again evolves. He combines sculptural and architechtonic elements with graceful and sensitive gestures, ultimately creating a modernized, twentieth century interpretation of a traditional nineteenth century subject.

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