Catalogue entryNaum Gabo 1890-1977
P02003 Opus 3 1950
Inscribed 'Gabo' b.r. and stamped with monogram 'NG' at extreme b.r.
Wood engraving, 7 7/8 x 5 3/4 (20 x 14.5) on paper 11 x 7 7/8 (27.9 x 20)
Presented by the artist through the American Federation of Arts 1967
Lit: Michael Mazur, 'The Monoprints of Naum Gabo' in Print Collector's Newsletter, IX, No.5, 1978, pp.149-50, a darker impression repr. p.148
Repr: Herbert Read and Leslie Martin, Gabo: Constructions, Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings (London 1957), pl.128 (a different but very similar impression)
According to Michael Mazur, this image was cut from a block of boxwood in April or May of 1950, and there are 15 signed and titled examples, six early proofs initialled with a proof number, one presentation proof 'For Nina' and at least nine in collections, including four major variations based mainly on selective darkening in the figure. The image was based on a much smaller sketch in watercolour and pencil dated 1949 in the artist's estate.
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.255, reproduced p.255