Naum Gabo Sketch for Relief Construction 1917

Artwork details

Artist
Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Title
Sketch for Relief Construction
Date 1917
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 181 x 143 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02151
Not on display

Display caption

Gabo made several constructions of this type in Russia. All have since been lost or destroyed. His earliest relief sculpture 'Head of a Woman', 1916-17 was figurative. This design appears to be completely abstract. The juxtaposition of planes and lines and the diagonal orientation of the elements have some similarity to 'Design for a Construction in a Niche', 1918 (T02152), also in this display. It is unknown if the other sketches in this display relate to specific works, or were realised as sculptures. At this time Gabo's constructions were made from plastic or wood. Some maquettes were made of cardboard.

August 2004

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