Naum Gabo

Sketch for Kinetic Construction


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Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 333 × 254 mm
Presented by the artist 1977

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Urn, Sketch for an Imaginary Construction (Logan Rock) (left) was made in preparation for one of Gabo''s rare paintings of the 1930s. The delicately enclosing curves form a vessel. The term 'logan rock' is a Cornish name for a boulder whose base has eroded, allowing it to be rocked back and forth. The later Sketch for Kinetic Construction (right) shows Gabo further exploring the use of enclosing lines and balance.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

Naum Gabo 1890-1977

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).

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.252, reproduced p.252

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