P02002 Opus 2 1950
Inscribed 'Gabo' at b.r. of image, and (all these inscriptions the other way up) 'op 2' t.r., 'Gabo' t.l. and stamped with monogram 'NG' at extreme t.l.
Wood engraving, 8 x 6 (20.4 x 15.3) on paper 11 x 9 (27.9 x 22.8)
Presented by the artist through the American Federation of Arts 1967
Lit: Michael Mazur, 'The Monoprints of Naum Gabo' in Print Collector's Newsletter, IX, No.5, 1978, pp.149-50
Repr: Herbert Read and Leslie Martin, Gabo: Constructions, Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings (London 1957), pl.127 (the variant given to Mrs Gabo, with a completely different background)
This print is signed at the top and bottom, in two opposite directions. The artist wrote that 'my double signature on it is deliberately intended to indicate that there is no up and no down on it. I would not like to definitely "rule", but personally I prefer the signature within the actual engraving to be down'. (Letter of 28 April 1968)…