- Naum Gabo 1890–1977
- Graphite and watercolour on paper
- Support: 333 x 254 mm
- Presented by the artist 1977
T02164 Pencil Sketch 1949
Inscribed 'Gabo' b.r.
Pencil and paint wash on graph paper, irregular, 13 1/8 x 10 (33.2 x 25.6)
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Naum Gabo, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, April-June 1965 (t 29) as 'Schets voor een plastiek' 1949; Kunsthalle, Mannheim, June-August 1965 (76) as 'Zeichnung' 1949; Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg, August-October 1965 (76); Kunsthaus, Zurich, October-December 1965 (76); Den inre och den yttre Rymden, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, January-February 1966 (136); Naum Gabo, Tate Gallery, March-April 1966 (95) as 'Pencil sketch' 1949; Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (73) as 'Sketch for a kinetic construction' 1921
Mrs Gabo recalls that she found this drawing sketched on the paper which Naum Gabo used to cover his drafting-table and asked him to cut it out as she liked it so much. It was the beginning of the idea for the wood engraving 'Opus 8' made years later, about 1969 (P02007).
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.252, reproduced p.252