description of Petite faucille (Femme debout) (Small Sickle [Woman Standing]) by Julio González

This twelve inch tall cast bronze sculpture features an abstract figure lifting an unusual object. Standing on a wooden block, the figure is charcoal gray with visible tool marks on its angular, irregular limbs. With its thin rectangular body segments and improbable configuration, the figure resembles the three-dimensional rendering of a rigid stick figure drawing. It has a jutting hip, a downward pointing hand with five separated fingers, and a stubby head with a conical nose. With its tapered, raised arm, the figure holds a strange tool in the air. It has the curved body of a sickle blade, the solid rectangular head of a sledge hammer, and the wings and beak of a stylized bird.

Julio González, Petite faucille (Femme debout) (Small Sickle [Woman Standing]), ca. 1937, cast after 1942
Julio González, Petite faucille (Femme debout) (Small Sickle [Woman Standing]), ca. 1937, cast after 1942; bronze, 11 1/2 in. x 4 3/4 in. x 3 1/2 in. (29.21 cm x 12.07 cm x 8.89 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Gift of E. Morris Cox from the collection of Margaret Storke Cox; © Estate of Julio González / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London
Julio González, Petite faucille (Femme debout) (Small Sickle [Woman Standing]), ca. 1937, cast after 1942

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Petite faucille (Femme debout) (Small Sickle [Woman Standing])
Artist name
Julio González
Foundry
Susse Fondeur
Date created
ca. 1937, cast after 1942
Classification
sculpture
Medium
bronze
Dimensions
11 1/2 in. x 4 3/4 in. x 3 1/2 in. (29.21 cm x 12.07 cm x 8.89 cm)
Date acquired
1983
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of E. Morris Cox from the collection of Margaret Storke Cox
Copyright
© Estate of Julio González / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/83.224
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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