Catalogue entryNaum Gabo 1890-1977
P02005 Opus 5 1950
Inscribed 'Gabo' b.r. and 'op 5' b.l., and stamped with monogram 'NG' b.r.
Wood engraving, 9 1/2 x 8 (24 x 20) on paper 12 x 9 1/8 (30.5 x 23.2)
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.130 (a different but very similar impression)
Michael Mazur says that this design was often referred to by the Gabos as the 'Constellations'. 'The figure, made of two intersecting planes, appears twice as if seen from different viewpoints, or moving into different positions in space. ... There are 26 titled and signed pieces, four signed and seven unsigned proofs and one presentation proof "For Miriam". At least four more are in public collections, owned by the Tate, Rotterdam, Museum of Modern Art, and Museum of Fine Arts in Boston'. The seven major variations include several with a speckled, meandering light section running through the print, and one with a repeated darkened centre like an afterimage within the open space of the print.
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