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Catalogue entryNaum Gabo 1890-1977
P02006 Opus 6 c.1955-6
Inscribed 'Opus 6' b.l. and 'Gabo' b.r.
Wood engraving, 15 1/8 x 13 1/8 (38.3 x 33.3) on paper 23 7/8 x 19 1/8 (60.8 x 48.4)
Presented by the artist 1971
Lit: Michael Mazur, 'The Monoprints of Naum Gabo' in Print Collector's Newsletter, IX, No.5, 1978, pp.149-51
Repr: Herbert Read and Leslie Martin, Gabo: Constructions, Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings (London 1957), pl.131 (another, slightly different impression)
Gabo wrote on 28 April 1968 that this print does not belong to the same series as 'Opus 1-5' [P02001-5] as it is much larger. 'I made "Opus 6" later, about 1955-56 as a sketch for the bas-relief which I did for the lobby of the US Rubber Building in Radio City, NY.' Then on 21 June 1972 he added that it was the original idea for the sculpture and was made in London.
Michael Mazur suggests that the design comes from drawings made for the sculptural commission before it was actually constructed (in 1956) and records that there are 31 signed examples, two unsigned, and at least one in a private collection. These include seven major variations.
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.260, reproduced p.260