Lot 41
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Julio González

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  • Julio González
  • La Grande trompette
  • Inscribed J. GONZALEZ ©, E. GODARD Fondr and numbered 1/2
  • Bronze on stone base, dark patina
  • Height: 36 1/8 in. (without base); 44 7/8 in. (with base)
  • 92 cm; 114 cm


Dr. W.A. Bechtler, Zollikon

Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Zürich

Private Collection, Switzerland


New York, Dickinson Gallery, Julio González, 2002, no. 18


Cubism and Abstract Art (exhibition catalogue), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, no. 216, the iron version catalogued (as dating from 1935

Julio González (exhibition catalogue), Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, 1952, no. 94, illustration of the iron version (as dating from 1935)

Julio González (exhibition catalogue); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Kunsthalle, Bern; La Chaux-de-Fonds, Musée des Beaux-Arts; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1955-56, no. 67, illustration of the iron version

Julio González, 1876-1942, Les matériaux de son expression (exhibition catalogue), Tate Gallery, London, 1970, no. 44, illustration of the iron version

Julio González, 1876-1942 (exhibition catalogue), Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, 1977, no. 24, illustration of the iron version

Pierre Descargues, Julio González, Paris, 1971, p. 17

Vincente Aguilera Cerni, Julio, Joan, Roberta González -- Itinerario de una dinastia, Barcelona, 1973, no. 442, the iron version catalogued p. 398

Josephine Withers, Julio González, Sculpture in iron, New York, 1978, no. 42, illustrations of the iron version p. 56 (as dating from 1932)

Julio González: A Retrospective (exhibition catalogue), The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1983, no. 129, illustration of the iron version p. 119

Julio González, 1876-1942 Plastiken, Zeichnungen, Kunstgewerbe (exhibition catalogue), Frankfurt-am-Main, 1983, illustration of the iron version p. 116

Jörn Merkert, Julio González, Catalogue raisonné, Sculpture, Milan, 1987, no. 145, illustrations of the iron version pp. 141-143

Julio González, Sculptures and Drawings (exhibition catalogue), Whitechapel, London, 1990, no. 18, illustration of another bronze cast

Picasso and the Age of Iron (exhibition catalogue); The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1993, no. 43, the iron version catalogued p. 146

Julio González, Zeichnen im Raum.  Dessiner dans l'espace (exhibition catalogue), Kunstmuseum, Bern, 1997, no. 73, illustration of the iron version

Julio González, Plastik und Zeichnung/Sculpture and Drawing (exhibition catalogue), Kunsthalle Recklinghausen; Sinclair Haus, Bad Homburg; Städtschie Museen Heilbronn, 2001, illustration of the smaller version p. 77

Catalogue Note

Julio González’s Surrealist sculpture, La Grande trompette, was originally conceived in iron around 1932-33.  The piece consists of spherical, cylindrical and conical shapes and cut pieces that have been welded together and appear to be revolving around an axis. 

In her monograph on the artist's work, Josephine Withers has written the following about this sculpture: "The Grande trompette, named, no doubt, for the inverted projecting cone, includes many of the same motifs as the Rêve, assembled in a different way: the hollow half-spheres, the cones, and the suggestions of hair strands attached at an angle.  While the leading edge of the head of the Grande trompette is centered on its cylindrical base, the profile face and its accompanying hair strands are barely attached and appear to be flying off.  This sculpture is quite dense and space-filling in a way which cannot be fully appreciated in photographs.  What can be seen, however, is that there is no one dominant silhouette or outline, and because of the opaque forms, many parts of the sculpture are obscured from view and are only revealed as one moves around the sculpture.... In addition, the convex and concave forms and the projections and recessions allow a fluid and plastic interplay between solid and void" (Josephine Withers, Julio González, Sculpture in iron, New York, 1978, pp. 56-57).