Naum Gabo

Sketch for ‘Spiral Theme’

c.1940–1

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Artist
Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 124 x 241 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02159

Not on display

Display caption

Like many of Gabo's drawings, these sketches relate directly to sculptures. In Sketch for 'Construction Through a Plane' (top), a rhythmic play of circular forms is generated from the central pierced diamond shape (shown hatched-in in pencil). In the finished sculpture these forms were made from loops of transparent plastic. Sketch for 'Spiral Theme' (bottom) establishes the boat-like form of the sculpture and the way it encloses space. These ideas were then developed in three dimensions in a model, shown in the vitrine, before being translated into the larger sculpture, also on display here.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

Naum Gabo 1890-1977

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).

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, p.250, reproduced p.250

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