Catalogue entry

Naum Gabo 1890-1977

T02151 Sketch for a Relief Construction 1917

Inscribed 'N. GABO 1917' b.r.
Pencil on paper, 7 1/8 x 5 5/8 (17.9 x 14.5)
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Naum Gabo, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, April-June 1965 (t4); Kunsthalle, Mannheim, June-August 1965 (51); Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg, August-October 1965 (51); Kunsthaus, Zurich, October-December 1965 (51); Den inre och den yttre Rymden, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, January-February 1966 (111); Naum Gabo, Tate Gallery, March-April 1966 (70, repr.); Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (8) as 'Sketch for a Relief Construction'

Several relief constructions of this type were made in Russia but have since been lost or destroyed. Whereas Gabo's earliest relief sculpture 'Head of a Woman' 1916-17 was still figurative, this design seems to be completely abstract. It may have served as a preliminary study for the relief reproduced in Alexei Pevsner, A Biographical Sketch of my Brothers Naum Gabo and Antoine Pevsner (Amsterdam 1964), p.26 as 'Construction in a Niche', Moscow 1919.

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, pp.231-2, reproduced p.231