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