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A family of goldsmiths and artists

Iron work as a legacy

 

September 21, 1876: Birth of Julio Luis Jesus González Pellicer in Barcelona. Antonio González, his grandfather, a goldsmith of Galician origin, settles in Catalonia during the first half of the 19th century.

Concordio González Puig (1832-1896), his father, works in Barcelona as a goldsmith and iron worker, and occasional sculptor. Pilar Pellicer Fenés (1846-1928), his mother, comes from a family of artists with deep roots in Barcelona: her brother, José Luis Pellicer (1842-1902) is one of the most important Catalan designers and illustrators of the late 19th century. He is also the son-in-law of painter Ramon Marit Alsina.

Concordio initiates his four children to his trade: Joan (1868-1908), Pilar (1870-1951), Dolores called Lola (1874-1962) and Julio (1876-1942) all work in the family business. Julio learns to work with various metals, producing crafts and jewelry in a style characteristic of modernisme catalan.

An artistic youth

1891-1892: Julio is enrolled in applied arts classes at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona. Joan and Julio participate in the first General Exposition of Fine ­Arts and Industry. At the National Exposition of Artistic Industries of Barcelona, the “C. González and Sons” company receives an honorable mention for the submission of decorative drawings. Julio, Pilar and Lola receive a second place medal in the ironwork section for their flowers in metal.


1893: At the Colombian Exposition in Chicago, Julio and Joan receive the bronze medal for their decorative art objects and their jewelry.


1894: At the II General Exposition of Fine Arts and Industry in Barcelona, Joan and Julio receive a gold medal for their forged objects, designated in the catalogue as “Several small bouquets with insects, in iron”. During a visit to Madrid, Julio meets the Uruguayan painter and sculptor Joaquín Torres-García (1874-1949), who would later become a leader of the Constructivist art movement. While still working as goldsmiths, the González brothers attend evening courses in design and painting at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona.

1896: Concordio González dies on September 3rd at the age of 65. Joan, the oldest son, age 28, takes over the family business.


Early artistic steps

In the spring, the III General Exposition of Fine Arts and Industry of Barcelona welcomes promising young artists, including Pablo Picasso, who presents The First Communion (Barcelona, Picasso Museum) , and Torres-Garcia. Julio González presents a piece of jewelry, Bouquet of flowers, in cast, repoussé iron).

1897: The González brothers frequent Pere Romeu’s artistic cabaret, Els Quatre Gats (The Four Cats), inspired by the Parisian Chat Noir. They become associated with the young intellectual and artistic milieu of Barcelona. González, who aspires to become a painter, gravitates toward a group of artists and writers close to the avant-garde milieu, “the Cénacle”, including in particular painters Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Josep Pijoan and Ramon Pichot, the poet Eduardo Marquina and the musician Antoni Ribera.

Julio González takes his first trip to Paris with the rest of his family. A visit to the Prado Museum in Madrid convinces Julio of his vocation as a painter.

1898: At the IV Exposition of Fine Arts and Industry of Barcelona, the Gonzalez brothers present a new piece of jewelry, entitled Ramo de Amapolas, hierro forjado (Bouquet of anemones, cast iron).

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Iron work as a legacy

  September 21, 1876: Birth of Julio Luis Jesus González Pellicer in Barcelona. Antonio González, his grandfather, a goldsmith of Galician origin, settles in Catalonia during the first half of the 19th century. Concordio González Puig (1832-1896), his father, works in Barcelona as a goldsmith and iron worker, and occasional sculptor. Pilar Pellicer Fenés (1846-1928), his mother, comes from a family of artists with deep roots in Barcelona: her brother, José Luis Pellicer (1842-1902) is one of the most important Catalan designers and illustrators of the late 19th century. He is also the son-in-law of painter Ramon Marit Alsina.
Concordio initiates his four children to his trade: Joan (1868-1908), Pilar (1870-1951), Dolores called Lola (1874-1962) and Julio (1876-1942) all work in the family business. Julio learns to work with various metals, producing crafts and jewelry in a style characteristic of modernisme catalan.

An artistic youth

1891-1892: Julio is enrolled in applied arts classes at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona. Joan and Julio participate in the first General Exposition of Fine ­Arts and Industry. At the National Exposition of Artistic Industries of Barcelona, the "C. González and Sons" company receives an honorable mention for the submission of decorative drawings. Julio, Pilar and Lola receive a second place medal in the ironwork section for their flowers in metal.
1893: At the Colombian Exposition in Chicago, Julio and Joan receive the bronze medal for their decorative art objects and their jewelry.
1894: At the II General Exposition of Fine Arts and Industry in Barcelona, Joan and Julio receive a gold medal for their forged objects, designated in the catalogue as "Several small bouquets with insects, in iron". During a visit to Madrid, Julio meets the Uruguayan painter and sculptor Joaquín Torres-García (1874-1949), who would later become a leader of the Constructivist art movement. While still working as goldsmiths, the González brothers attend evening courses in design and painting at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona.
1896: Concordio González dies on September 3rd at the age of 65. Joan, the oldest son, age 28, takes over the family business.


Early artistic steps

In the spring, the III General Exposition of Fine Arts and Industry of Barcelona welcomes promising young artists, including Pablo Picasso, who presents The First Communion (Barcelona, Picasso Museum) , and Torres-Garcia. Julio González presents a piece of jewelry, Bouquet of flowers, in cast, repoussé iron). 1897: The González brothers frequent Pere Romeu's artistic cabaret, Els Quatre Gats (The Four Cats), inspired by the Parisian Chat Noir. They become associated with the young intellectual and artistic milieu of Barcelona. González, who aspires to become a painter, gravitates toward a group of artists and writers close to the avant-garde milieu, "the Cénacle", including in particular painters Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Josep Pijoan and Ramon Pichot, the poet Eduardo Marquina and the musician Antoni Ribera. Julio González takes his first trip to Paris with the rest of his family. A visit to the Prado Museum in Madrid convinces Julio of his vocation as a painter. 1898: At the IV Exposition of Fine Arts and Industry of Barcelona, the Gonzalez brothers present a new piece of jewelry, entitled Ramo de Amapolas, hierro forjado (Bouquet of anemones, cast iron).