Julio González Pellicer was a Spanish sculptor. Julio González was born in Barcelona, Spain in the year 1876. González also created jewelry. The artist worked in many genres, but is often classified as a Cubist.
González attended the Circol Artist Sant Luc. This was a Catholic school of the arts.
His family included a long line of metalsmiths. The artist’s grandfather was a well respected goldsmith. The artist’s father also ran a workshop. González was taught from a young age how to work with the different materials including gold, silver, and iron.
The artist worked for France’s national car company Renault. Here he learned out to weld materials.
González is seen as the godfather of iron art. This is because he had such a close relationship of the medium. Most artists using iron instructed a foundry to create their work. González did the work for his iron art himself, making his work even more unique!
Price range information: The artist worked in many mediums including watercolor, bronze, oils, pastels, crayon, ink, and gouache. Prices range from $20,000 to $1 million.
In this clip we view an exhibition featuring the work of Julio González:
González favored the medium of iron.
Julio González passed away in 1942. The artist was 65 years of age.
Works of the artist can be found in many prestigious collections around the globe including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., and the Pompidou Center located in Paris, France.