Naum GaboModel for 'Constructed Torso' 1917, reassembled 1981

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Artist
Naum Gabo (1890‑1977)
Title
Model for 'Constructed Torso'
Date 1917, reassembled 1981
MediumCardboard
Dimensionsobject: 395 x 290 x 160 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax and allocated to the Tate Gallery 1995
Reference
T06972
Not on display

Summary

Model for 'Constructed Torso' is one of the key experimental constructions that launched Naum Gabo's career as a sculptor. It was conceived and probably started in Norway, where Gabo was taking refuge from his native Russia during the First World War. It was completed after his return to Russia at the end of 1917, in the midst of the Revolution. Renouncing traditional sculptural notions of volume and mass, Gabo developed a new working method in this period to express what he saw as the more authentic realities of depth and space. He neither modelled nor sculpted but constructed his works by sticking or welding together small elements, in this case pieces of cut cardboard… (read more)

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