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Opus 5 (aka The Constellations), 1950

As the inscription suggests, this print was presented by the artist to Jim Ede as a gift in 1952. They had first met in Paris in the early 1920s.

Gabo began to make monoprints in 1950, continuing until 1973. A monoprint differs from an editioned print in that, although the block is the same, changes in inking, colouring and orientation make each impression unique.

There are some obvious affinities between Gabo’s prints and sculptures. In both, weightless forms appear to float in space. Here the translucent Japanese paper creates visual effects akin to those of the Perspex often used by the artist for his sculptures.

Print [NG 1]

Displayed

Wood engraving (monoprint) on paper

270 x 220 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.