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  • Julio González
L'Arlequin [Harlequin]

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L'Arlequin [Harlequin] about 1929 - 1930 (posthumous cast)
'Harlequin' was one of González's earliest welded iron sculptures. After collaborating with Picasso in making a number of welded sculptures, González decided to make his own works. The head and the harlequin's patterned costume are re-created, but the sculpture works principally in sculptural terms, as an assembly of solids and voids, volumes and flat planes. González is regarded as the pioneer of welding, which challenges traditional sculpture techniques such as modelling in clay or carving in stone. The original iron version of 'Harlequin' is in the Kunsthaus in Zurich; this version is a posthumous bronze cast.

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The production of a sculpture by use of a mould to make a copy, usually in a more durable material, of the original work. The term is used to describe both the process and the resulting object.


This can mean the representation of three-dimensional forms in two dimensions so that they appear solid, or it can refer to the practice of creating a three-dimensional form out of a malleable substance such as wax or clay.

Cast, Modelling


  • Acc. No. GMA 1259
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size 40.80 x 27.50 x 29.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1972