Naum Gabo

Model for ‘Spheric Theme with Centre’

c.1937

Medium
Tin plate
Dimensions
Object: 102 x 76 x 83 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02174

Display caption

Models were an essential stage in Gabo''s working practice. He usually began with drawings, then built models, which allowed him to test the different types of materials he might use. A comparison of the models for Monument for an Airport and Spiral Theme with the finished sculptures on display in this room demonstrates the precision of his enlargement process. Two of the models incorporate pieces of stone, an idea which emerged in 1930-1.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

T02174 Model for 'Spheric Theme with Centre' c.1937

Not inscribed
Tinplate, 4 x 3 1/4 x 3 (10 x 8.2 x 7.6)
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (51) as 'Model for "Spheric Theme" ' c.1937

See the note on T02173. This model appears to have served as the prototype for the Tate's 'Bronze Spheric Theme' of c.1960 (T00826), as well as various other larger works.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.248, reproduced p.248