Naum Gabo

Sketch for ‘Construction Through a Plane’

c.1935

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

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