Naum Gabo Sketch for ‘Spheric Theme’ 1935–7

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Artwork details

Artist
Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Title
Sketch for ‘Spheric Theme’
Date 1935–7
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 197 x 321 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02161
Not on display

Display caption

Both of these drawings relate to Gabo's Spheric Theme sculptures, which were based on the idea of a continuous, curving plane. The blue pencil sketch (1935-7) mounts the spherical form on a canopy structure. The striations in the ink drawing (c1937) help to articulate the surface, showing how Gabo envisaged the plane in three dimensions.

August 2004

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