Naum Gabo

Sketch

1917

Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 305 x 222 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02153

Display caption

These sketches are for works both realised and unrealised. Sketch (1917) is reminiscent of several reliefs made in the 1920s, and has been compared to Gabo's 1925 Model for 'Rotating Fountain' (on display here). Sketch (1918-19) is for a relief that would have been composed of intersecting planes protruding from a wall or reaching across a corner. Gabo's aim to make a public art that could play a role in the new society promised by the Russian Revolution is reflected by First Sketch for a Monument¿(1919) Sketch for a Kinetic Construction (1922) demonstrates his radical introduction of real movement to articulate space.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

Naum Gabo 1890-1977

T02153 Sketch 1917

Inscribed 'N. Gabo' b.r.
Pencil on paper (the paper very irregularly cut and torn), greatest dimensions 12 x 8 3/4 (30.6 x 24.5)
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (11) as 'Sketch for a Kinetic Construction'

A label on the back gives the title and date as 'Sketch, 1917'. Though the drawing has some similarity to the sculpture 'Fountain' 1925 reproduced in Herbert Read and Leslie Martin, Gabo: Constructions, Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings (London 1957), pls.27 and 28, Gabo said that it was not a first idea for this work (information from Mrs Gabo in a letter of 17 August 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.232, reproduced p.232

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