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This painting was made in the same year that Naum Gabo wrote an article called ‘The Constructive Idea in Art’ in the anthology Circle. Gabo proposed that form and content should be ‘one and the same thing’, in science, architecture and design as well as in art. He offered the fluidity and poise that Jackson achieved in this small painting as an example of the Constructive idea. Using a combination of precise measurements and intuition, Jackson over-layers the forms to give the painting a three-dimensional quality.

February 2010