Friend, instructor and student of Picasso, a welder at Renault, a painter and goldsmith, Julio Gonzalez was all of these and more. He gained fame as the father of modern iron sculpture and as the creator of linear sculptures. Using a welding torch, Gonzalez began making sculptures from iron and in doing so, developed a formal language reduced to basic elements.
Filmmaker Barrie Gavin travelled from Paris to the Riviera via Barcelona re-tracing Gonzalez’s footprints. On his journey, he visited art experts including Margit Rowell and friends such as Hans Hartung, and in doing so introduces us to the life and work of one of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century.
Art Lives, from Arthaus, is a powerful and arresting series of documentaries on artists and art movements released for the first time on DVD in the English language.