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Study for “The Angel, The Insect, The Dancer”

Julio González (1876-1942)
Étude pour « L'Ange, l'Insecte, la Danseuse »

Study for “The Angel, The Insect, The Dancer”


This collection of preparatory studies for L'Ange, l'Insecte, la Danseuse comes from a series of 19 drawings which reveal the various stages in the finished sculpture’s design. Initial sketches show the figure in motion, appearing to perform a dance as sections bob and sway. In later drawings, the details have been discarded with and the form simplified. Eventually all that is left is a single ball for the head, two V-shaped wings and a body formed from a jagged central shaft.

Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris
Graphite and crayon on paper
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Musée National d'Art Moderne/Centre de Création Industrielle
Inventory no. AM 3702 D, donated by Ms. Roberta González in 1968
© Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Agence photographique de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Dist. RMN-GP
© Succession Picasso 2017

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