02004 Opus 4 1950
Inscribed 'Gabo' b.r. and 'op 4' b.l.
Wood engraving, 6 1/4 x 5 1/2 (16 x 13.8) on paper 9 x 8 (22.8 x 20.3)
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, four other variants repr. p.150
Repr: Herbert Read and Leslie Martin, Gabo: Constructions, Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings (London 1957), pl.129 (a different and much darker impression)
Michael Mazur states of this: 'Gabo referred to this image as the "Lyrebird", though like the rest, it is untitled. ... One of the most delicate and evocative images in the series, it has many variations. ... There are 23 titled and signed examples, six signed "épreuve d'artiste", one signed but not titled, one mounted between lucite, and four in collections.'
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.256, reproduced p.256