Naum Gabo
Sketch for ‘Spheric Theme’ c.1937

Artwork details

Artist
Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Title
Sketch for ‘Spheric Theme’
Date c.1937
Medium Graphite and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 241 x 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02162
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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