Naum Gabo

Sketch for ‘Spheric Theme’


Not on display

Naum Gabo 1890–1977
Graphite on paper
Support: 197 × 321 mm
Presented by the artist 1977

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Both of these drawings relate to Gabo's Spheric Theme sculptures, which were based on the idea of a continuous, curving plane. The blue pencil sketch (1935-7) mounts the spherical form on a canopy structure. The striations in the ink drawing (c1937) help to articulate the surface, showing how Gabo envisaged the plane in three dimensions.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

Naum Gabo 1890-1977

T02161 Sketch for 'Spheric Theme' c.1935-7

Inscribed 'Gabo' b.r.
Blue pencil on paper, 7 3/4 x 12 5/8 (19.7 x 32.2)
Presented by the artist 1977
Exh: Naum Gabo, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, April-June 1965 (t22) as 'Schets voor een sferisch thema' 1935-7; Kunsthalle, Mannheim, June-August 1965 (69, repr.); Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg, August-October 1965 (69, repr.); Kunsthaus, Zurich, October-December 1965 (69); Den inre och den yttre Rymden, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, January-February 1966 (129, repr. incorrectly as 'Skiss' 1923); Naum Gabo, Tate Gallery, March-April 1966 (88); Naum Gabo: The Constructive Process, Tate Gallery, November 1976-January 1977 (48, repr.)

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, pp.245-6, reproduced p.245


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