In the Boudoir
Signed, inscribed, and dated lower left: Juan Anio Gonzalez / Paris 73
Born in Cádiz, Juan Antonio González studied art under a private a tutor in his youth. He later attended the Cádiz’s Fine Art School, where he was a favorite student of Ramón Rodríguez. González and Rodríguez move to Paris together in 1863, and in 1865 González was admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he studied with Isador Pils. Gonzalez made his Salon debut in 1868 and was awarded a third class medal from the Salon in 1876.
During the German siege of Paris, González moved to London where he exhibited successfully until his return to Paris after the Franco-Prussian war. Once back, he began to collect many costumes and accessories for the models for his genre paintings. His dealer, Adolphe Goupil, disseminated his work throughout Europe and made Gonzalez widely known through photo-engraved reproductions of his work. González travelled often, but spent most of his life in Paris.
Selected Museum Collections:
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lille; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen