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- Naum Gabo 1890–1977
- Wood engraving on paper
- Image: 385 x 334 mm
- Bequeathed by Miriam Gabo, the artist's widow 1995
Naum Gabo 1890-1977
P11387 Opus 6 1955–1956
Inscribed ‘Opus 6’ b.l. and ‘Gabo’ b.r.
Wood-engraving, 15¿ x 13¿ (38.3 x 33.3) on Japanese paper, 23¿ x 19¿ (60.8 x 48.4).
Presented by the artist 1971.
Repr: H.Read and L.Martin, Gabo, 1957, pl. 131 (another, slightly different impression).
Gabo has described (letter of 28 April 1968) how he was encouraged to try his hand at print making by the late William Ivins Jr, Curator of Prints and later Acting Director of the Metropolitan Museum, who was his neighbour in Woodbury, Conn. He made his first five wood engravings, entitled ‘Opus 1–5’ during the winter and part of the summer of 1950. In 1967 he presented a set to the Tate through the American Federation of Arts (T947 i–v).
'Opus 6’ is considerably larger than any of these and was done later, about 1955 6, as a sketch for the bas-relief which he made in 1956 for the lobby of the U.S. Rubber Company Building in Radio City, N.Y. It was actually made in London.
Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.