Naum Gabo

Opus Five

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About this artwork

This monoprint was cut into a block of Florida boxwood composed of forty-four small, separate pieces of wood all bonded together to create a larger surface. There are forty-two examples of this work. Gabo did not make his prints in editions – each one was different. He remarked: ‘There are no limited editions because each print of mine is unique. I print them by hand, each one and it takes me just as much time to make a print as to make a drawing – sometimes longer. No two prints are ever the same.’ 

Published September 2021

  • artist:
    Naum GaboRussianAmerican (1890 - 1977)
  • title:
    Opus Five
  • date created:
    1950
  • materials:
    Monoprint in mid-brown ink on Japan paper
  • measurements:
    24.20 x 20.20 cm (image size); 27.90 x 23.00 cm (base material size)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Accepted from Nina Williams under the Cultural Gifts Scheme by HM Government and allocated to Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 2020
  • accession number:
    GMA 5654
  • gallery:
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Naum Gabo

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