Hommage à Naum Gabo [Homage to Naum Gabo]
© DACS 2006

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Hommage à Naum Gabo [Homage to Naum Gabo] Dated 1946
Naum Gabo was a Russian sculptor who, like the artist of this painting, lived in Britain for several years due to the effects of the Second World War on mainland Europe. Working mainly in the artists’ community of St Ives, Gabo was interested in scientific developments in the understanding of space and materials. Jankel Adler was particularly influenced by Gabo’s use of space, and in this painting pays homage to one of his artistic influences. Gabo is depicted as a semi-realistic figure holding one of his abstract sculptures, exemplifying the pull between realism and abstraction in post-war British art. The Modern One has two sculptures by Naum Gabo in its collection.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

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  • Acc. No. GMA 1710
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 112.50 x 86.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1978