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Opus 6

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    USA (made)

  • Date:

    1955-1956 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gabo, Naum, born 1890 - died 1977 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood engraving and monotype, printed in grey on Japanese paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 304, box A

Physical description

Wood engraving and montype printed in grey on Japanese paper with marks apparently made with the artis's thumb nail. Abstract linear pattern of two intersecting swirling loops around a central oval loop.

Place of Origin

USA (made)


1955-1956 (printed)


Gabo, Naum, born 1890 - died 1977 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Wood engraving and monotype, printed in grey on Japanese paper

Marks and inscriptions

Gabo Op 6
Signature and title; pencil


Height: 38.5 cm, Width: 33.3 cm

Descriptive line

Print by Naum Gabo, 'Opus 6', wood engraving and monotype printed in grey, USA, 1955-56

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1990
pp. 15-21 and pp. 58-59
Williams, Graham ed. Naum Gabo: monoprints from engraved wood blocks and stencils. Biddenden, Kent: Florin Press for Kettle's Yard; Edinburgh: Cambridge & Talbot Rice Gallery, 1987. ISBN: 0906715156.
cat. no. 69
Nash, Steven A. and Jörn Merkert. Naum Gabo : sixty years of constructivism. Munich: Prestel Verlag, 1985.

Production Note

Attribution note: Gabo did not edition his prints. There are 31 known impression for 0pus 6 but each slightly different from the rest, due to hand printing which gives rise to accidental effects.


Japanese paper; Printing ink


Wood engraving; Monotype

Subjects depicted





Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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