GONZÁLEZ, PICASSO AND FRIENDS
25 November 2017 till 02 April 2018
In 1928 Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) went to see his old friend and fellow Spaniard Julio González (1876 - 1942) in Paris. He needed the help of the talented metalworker to turn a two-dimensional design into a metal sculpture. It was to be the start of a close partnership and the continuation of a unique friendship. - Julio González, 1932
Julio González [1876-1942], Monsieur Cactus (L’Homme Cactus I), brons, afmetingen, hoogte 64,0 cm, breedte 27,0 cm, diepte 18,0 cm. Collectie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Together with Constantin Brancusi and Pablo Picasso, the Spanish artist Julio González (1876 – 1942) is considered one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century. This retrospective of over 100 works, most of which are being exhibited in the Netherlands for the first time, sheds light on his personal development: from his days as a metal worker in his father’s workshop in Barcelona to his time as an avant-garde sculptor in Paris. It also addresses the unique collaboration and friendship between González and Picasso (1929 – 1932). This collaboration played a decisive role in the development of González’ unique and innovative style, and it also gave rise to new forms of expression in Picasso’s work.
They worked together on a number of sculptures over a four-year period. For both artists, the collaboration provided a major push to further development. Thanks to González, Picasso discovered new modes of expression in sculpture and for González the collaboration was the final leg of his journey towards a distinctive artistic style. This exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag focuses principally on González’s development from craftsman to avant-garde artist. With no fewer than 20 works by Picasso, it is also a celebration of the friendship between the two men.
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