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Being an Artist. Julio González

Second Edition

A richly illustrated catalog, with biography, of artist Julio González.

The sculptures of Julio González (1876–1942) were shown at MoMA in 1956, and our understanding of his influence on modern art has grown steadily since. This lavishly illustrated book offers a new, highly nuanced account of González’s life, work, and legacy. Beginning with González’s complex family relationships, Juan José Lahuerta explores the tensions involved as González sought to combine his craft with efforts to become a painter, as the Romantic, bohemian mentality of the late nineteenth century had idealized. Lahuerta also explores the importance of González’s relationships with Picasso and other contemporaries, which helps us understand how, in the 1930s, his naïve artist’s urge was replaced by a radical urge to make art that would break every taboo related to tradition, craft, and material.

The second section of the book offers a stunning presentation of the new exhibition of the Julio González collection at the Institut Valencià d'Art Modern. The book will serve as a milestone in our understanding of González’s work and influence.

480 pages | 750 color plates, 60 halftones | 11 1/2 x 9

Art: Art Criticism, Art--General Studies, European Art

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