Amulet, n.d. (between 1946 and 1963)
The carving is in a small box, with a note to Surrealist artist and poet Kay Sage (d.1963) reading: ‘Dear Kay / This is an Amulet / carved by me for you. It is tactile. / Hold it in your hand and only / if it feels right to you keep it. / The title is “Femme Accroupie” / You will soon enough find out why. / Gabo’. Sage was born in Albany (NY) in 1898. In 1940 she married Yves Tanguy, whom she had met three years earlier and with whom she lived in a farmhouse in Woodbury, Connecticut, from the end of World War 2. Gabo moved to Middlebury (8 miles away) in 1946, and met Sage in 1947. They became close friends. She died in 1963.
Sculpture [NG 12]
36 x 20 x 25 mm
About the artist
Gabo was born in Bryansk, Russia. He worked alongside Kandinsky, Tatlin and Malevich until 1921, when he moved to Berlin. There he and his brother, Antoine Pevsner, became leading exponents of Constructivist art. In 1933 he moved to London, where he worked with Ben Nicholson and Leslie Martin, both of whom shared his interest in the concepts of purity and structure. Together they edited the manifesto 'Circle' in 1937. He went to St. Ives with Nicholson during the war, and then emigrated to America, where he spent the rest of his life.