Sale: 432 / Modern Art I, June 11. 2016 in Munich Lot 380

 

380
Julio González
Grande Vénus, 1936/37.
Bronze
Estimate:
€ 80,000 / $ 92,800
Sold:
€ 112,500 / $ 130.499

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Grande Vénus. 1936/37.
Bronze with brown patina, on light stone base.
Lower left with signet "© C.GONZALEZ" and the number. From an edition of 9 copies. 27.5 x 8.5 x 7.5 cm (10.8 x 3.3 x 2.9 in).
Cast by Fonderie Émile Godard (with foundry mark at bottom on front).
Other copies of this bronze are in possession of the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid, and one in the Collection Sprengel, Hanover. [EH].

EXHIBITION: González. Sculptures - Dessins. Galerie Beyeler, October - December 1982, Basel. Cat. no. 32 with illu. (presumably different copy).

The "Grande Vénus" by Julio González, of its total of only nine casts two are in possession of museums today, is an impressive document of the sculptors art-historic position between abstraction and Surrealism. The esthetic interplay of abstract forms is the first thing that strikes when viewing the sculpture without any previous knowledge: an organic harmony between filigree and massive elements that swings up in elegant motion. At the peak of the era it was made, the work comes as an entirely non-representational composition. On contrast, the title the artist uses inevitably triggers a chain of associations, since González identifies his abstract sculpture with Venus, the goddess of love. In the eye of the observer the forms turn into a sort of animal figure, into an oneiric creature that calls reminiscence of animal deities from shamanism or a strange kind of insect. With this work González interprets a key theme of all "classic" epochs since antiquity in a new and confusing manner- as abstract Surrealism.



380
Julio González
Grande Vénus, 1936/37.
Bronze
Estimate:
€ 80,000 / $ 92,800
Sold:
€ 112,500 / $ 130.499

(incl. 25% surcharge)