Friend, instructor, and student of Picasso, a welder at Renault, a painter and goldsmith - Julio Gonzalez was all of these. The Catalonian gained fame as the father of modern iron sculpture and as the creator of linear sculptures. Using a welding torch, he developed a formal language reduced to basic elements. Filmmaker Barrie Gavin traveled from Paris to the Riviera via Barcelona, retracing Gonzaelez's footprints.
A mentor of Picasso and, paradoxically, an inheritor of that artist's influences, Catalonian sculptor Julio González (1876-1942) also cultivated a formidable reputation as the progenitor of contemporary iron sculpture and linear sculptures. His method involved using a welding torch to develop a standard "language of sculpture" that he would then systematically reduce to fundamental elements. In this biographical documentary, director Barrie Gavin journeys from Paris to the Riviera through Barcelona Spain, following the same path as González himself and engendering fresh insights into the artist's life and work. He also includes interviews with figures including art expert Margit Rowell and González friend Hans Hartung.
Director: Barrie Gavin
Running Time: 60 min.
Language: English, German and Spanish