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Xavier Gonzalez, Spanish Maiden, Anodized Silver Statuette, 1970s



Provenance This wonderful work of art came from the collection of painting, sculpture and jewelry by Xavier Gonzalez and his artist wife, Ethel Edwards, that was given to the Arts Students League of New York by the Gonzalez family after Xavier’s passing. Both, Xavier Gonzalez and Ethel Edwards were at one time teachers at the Art Students League. The sale of this object directly benefited the Xavier Gonzalez Memorial Fund in raising funds for future students’ scholarships. This work has been in storage for a number of years, and prior to that, in the personal collection of the Xavier Gonzalez and Ethel Edwards family. Xavier Gonzalez (Spanish/American, 1898 – 1993) Xavier Gonzalez was an American artist, born in Almeria, Spain. He lived in Argentina and Mexico for some time, and was planning to become an engineer in a gold mine. However, in 1925, he immigrated to the United States and began his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1921 to 1923. His uncle, José Arpa studied with him there. Gonzalez also studied at the San Carlos Academy in Mexico City, as well as in Paris and in the Far East. In 1931, he became a US citizen, and in 1935 married fellow artist Ethel Edwards (1915–1999), who was seventeen years his junior and his student at Newcomb College. Gonzalez often worked and studied with fellow artist Julius Woeltz, who was the best man at his wedding. Best known for his mural painting and sculpture, Gonzales commandeered the canteen wall at Newcomb for the use of his art students. His works have been displayed throughout the United States - at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, just to name a few. Gonzalez was also well-known in Paris, Venice, Brussels and Tokyo. He taught art at Tulane University, the Brooklyn Museum, Case Western Reserve University, and the Newcomb Memorial School of Art, and was the director of the art school at Sul Ross State Teachers College in Alpine, Texas. In 1953, he was elected to the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and then became a full Academician in 1955. He illustrated a children's book called "He Who Saw Everything. The Epic of Gilgamesh" by Anita Feagles (1966). Xavier Gonzalez died of leukemia in 1993, at the age of 94, in New York City. Murals • Covington, Louisiana, Tung Oil Industry, 1939, oil on canvas • Hammond, Louisiana, Strawberry Farming, 1937, oil on canvas • Huntsville, Alabama, Tennessee Valley Authority, Federal Courthouse, oil on canvas • Kilgore, Texas, Pioneer Saga, 1941, oil on canvas • Kilgore, Texas, Drilling for Oil, 1941, oil on canvas • Kilgore, Texas, Music of Plains, 1941. oil on canvas • Kilgore, Texas, Contemporary Youth, 1941. oil on canvas His wife, Ethel Edwards painted two murals; one titled Life on the Lake in 1942 at the Lake Providence, Louisiana post office and the other, titled Afternoon on a Texas Ranch, completed in 1941 at the Lampasas, Texas post office.


  • Creator
    Xavier Gonzalez (Sculptor)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 8.75 in. (22.23 cm)Width: 3.75 in. (9.53 cm)Depth: 3.25 in. (8.26 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (In the Style Of)
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  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. We make our best effort to provide a fair and descriptive condition report. Please examine the photos attentively. Send message to this seller to request more details or discuss price.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2819310817833

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