1890 - 1977
Naum Gabo was one of the worlds foremost Constructivist
Born in Russia, named Naum Neemia Pevsner he was the
younger brother of Antoine Pevsner. He abandoned a medical career and
began to study in Munich. In 1910 he met Kandinsky and in 1913/14, while
visiting his brother, then a Cubist painter in Paris, he met other artists.
In 1915 he made the first constructions using the name Gabo. He returned
to Russia in 1917 and become embroiled in art and politics. He and Pevsner
opposed Tatlin and in 1920 they issued their 'Realistic Manifesto'.
He had to leave Russia, spending the years 1922 - 32 in Berlin, lecturing at
Bauhaus in 1928, before going to England. He spent 7 years in Cornwall meeting
Hepworth, Nicholson, Lanyon and others. In 1946 he settled in America, taking
citizenship in 1952.
He died in Conneticut, USA in 1977.