Naum Gabo

Sketch for ‘Spheric Theme’

1935–7

Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 197 x 321 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02161

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.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

Naum Gabo 1890-1977

T02161 Sketch for 'Spheric Theme' c.1935-7

Inscribed 'Gabo' b.r.
Blue pencil on paper, 7 3/4 x 12 5/8 (19.7 x 32.2)
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Naum Gabo, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, April-June 1965 (t22) as 'Schets voor een sferisch thema' 1935-7; Kunsthalle, Mannheim, June-August 1965 (69, repr.); Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg, August-October 1965 (69, repr.); Kunsthaus, Zurich, October-December 1965 (69); Den inre och den yttre Rymden, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, January-February 1966 (129, repr. incorrectly as 'Skiss' 1923); Naum Gabo, Tate Gallery, March-April 1966 (88); Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (48, repr.)

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.245-6, reproduced p.245

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