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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