Naum Gabo

Plaster Cast of the Alabaster in ‘Construction with Alabaster Carving’

1938–9, cast 1963

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Not on display
Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Object: 213 x 152 x 38 mm
Presented by the artist 1977

Catalogue entry

Naum Gabo 1890-1977

T02204 Plaster Cast of the Alabaster in 'Construction with Alabaster Carving' 1938-9

Inscribed 'Gabo' in pencil on one side
Plaster, 8 3/4 x 6 x 1 1/2 (21.5 x 15.2 x 4)
Presented by the artist 1977

This is a plaster cast of the alabaster carving which forms the central element of the work known as 'Construction with Alabaster Carving' 1938-9, in which the alabaster is mounted in the centre of a free-standing sheet of plastic. This sculpture was bought from the artist by Mrs Saidie A. May in 1949 and presented to the Baltimore Museum of Art. Gabo was allowed to borrow it back in July 1965 for ten days and made this cast and T02205 at this time. As a result he was able to produce several further versions: an edition of at least four bronzes cast at the Singer Foundry in London; a much larger marble version enlarged in Portugal; and two versions of the original size in rose marble which were also made in Portugal (roughed our for Gabo, but then finished by him), which he brought home and mounted in plastic settings in much the same way as 'Construction with Alabaster Carving' 1938-9. This plaster is dotted with numerous small crosses in red and lead pencil, evidently used in pointing the marble.

Published in:
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.249, reproduced p.249

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