- Naum Gabo 1890–1977
- Graphite on paper
- Support: 124 x 241 mm
- Presented by the artist 1977
T02159 Sketch for 'Spiral Theme' c.1940-1
Inscribed 'G'. b.r.
Pencil on graph paper, 4 7/8 x 9 1/2 (12.5 x 24.1)
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (41) as 'Sketch' c.1933
Though exhibited at the Tate in 1976-7 as 'Sketch' c.1933, Gabo subsequently confirmed that this was a first sketch for 'Spiral Theme' (see T02181 and T00190). Asked whether it should therefore be dated c.1940-1, he commented 'Maybe' (information from Mrs Gabo, 27 July 1977).
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, p.250, reproduced p.250