Naum Gabo

Sketch

1918–9

Artist
Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Medium
Graphite and crayon on paper
Dimensions
Support: 241 x 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1977
Reference
T02157

Not on display

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

T02157 Sketch c.1918-19

Inscribed in cyrillic 'Naydenyy mnoy v arkhive, | odin iz seriyi risunkov | ostavlenykh v Moskve. | otnositsa k zime | 1918-1919. | Gabo' t.r.
Pencil and crayon on tracing paper, bottom edge serrated, 9 1/2 x 8 (24.3 x 20.4)
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (20, repr.) as 'Sketch' 1918-19

The inscription can be translated as follows: 'Found by me in the archive, one of a series of drawings left in Moscow relating to the winter 1918-19. Gabo'. Mrs Gabo says that Naum Gabo was in the habit of referring to his collection of old drawings, letters, portfolios etc. as his 'archive'.

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.233, reproduced p.233

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