Couple de paysans (Country Couple), 1900-1904
Graphite. 30,9 x 20,2 cm
Brother of famous sculptor Julio González, Joan González was a regular contributor to general Fine Arts exhibitions. However, his father’s death temporarily cut short his career as an artist. Being the eldest son, he had to take over the family metalwork business. In 1900 the workshop closed and the family moved to Paris, where Joan worked intensively, concentrating on drawing in particular. He returned to Barcelona in 1908 where he died suddenly.
Work was done on six drawings: 3 jeunes femmes (3 Young Women), L'été (Summer), Nu allongé á la draperie noir (Elongated Nude in Black Clothing), Jeune fille au noeud bleu (Young Girl with Blue Ribbon), Paysanne aux deux paniers (Countrywoman with Two Baskets) and Couple de paysans (Countryfolk). With maximum measurements of 30.2 x 64.8 cm, the drawings were done on paper in different media: graphite, charcoal, watercolour and gouache. in general they required the removal of the old mounting, fixing some of the media (charcoal particularly), surface cleaning and the elimination of adhesives, the correction of deformations and the recovery of small losses in the supports. To conclude treatment, they were framed on special conservation mountings.