Naum Gabo

Sketch for ‘Construction Through a Plane’

c.1935

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Artist
Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 241 x 206 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02163

Not on display

Display caption

Like many of Gabo's drawings, these sketches relate directly to sculptures. In Sketch for 'Construction Through a Plane' (top), a rhythmic play of circular forms is generated from the central pierced diamond shape (shown hatched-in in pencil). In the finished sculpture these forms were made from loops of transparent plastic. Sketch for 'Spiral Theme' (bottom) establishes the boat-like form of the sculpture and the way it encloses space. These ideas were then developed in three dimensions in a model, shown in the vitrine, before being translated into the larger sculpture, also on display here.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

Naum Gabo 1890-1977

T02163 Sketch for 'Construction through a Plane' c.1935

Inscribed 'On a plane | Construction, drawing | final to be made | Gabo' b.r.
Pencil on tracing paper with a serrated edge along the top, 9 1/2 x 8 1/8 (24.1 x 20.5)
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1965-January 1977 (58, repr.) as 'Model for "Construction on a Plane" ' c.1935-7

See the note on T02177.

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.245, reproduced p.245

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