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