Naum Gabo

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Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Part of
Opus 3
Wood engraving on paper
Image: 265 × 199 mm
Presented by the artist 1967

Catalogue entry

Naum 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.

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.255, reproduced p.255


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