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Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder

United States • Born in: 1898

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Alexander Calder, a major sculptor of the abstract movement, was born in Lawton, Pennsylvania, 1898, and passed away in New York, 1976. As a child, Calder enjoyed building things and went on to study mechanical engineering. His engineering background later gave him the knowledge to develop the mechanisms of his sculptures. In 1923, he decided to devote himself fully to art and went to New York in pursuit of fine art studies.

His first freehand drawings depicting athletes, acrobats, and street scenes, which were early indicators of his sculptural style. He drew animals at the zoo and began taking a keen interest in motion, movement, and animation. In 1929, Calder moved to Paris and met some of the most important artists of the time, including Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and Joan Miró.

Upon seeing Piet Mondrian's colored squares for the first time in 1930, Calder had a genuine revelation. He imagined them floating in space; movement later became the main “material" of his work. He embraced geometric abstraction and produced moving wire sculptures, or "mobiles" as Marcel Duchamp called them. They broke completely with the dense and imposing sculptures of the time as Calder's works are distinguished by their lightness. This marked the beginning of kinetic art; even if Calder's goal was not so much movement yet, but the search for balance, symmetry, silence, lightness, and subtlety.

From 1933 onwards, Alexander Calder's works received critical and public acclaim, particularly his painting "La Fontaine de Mercure", shown at the Universal Exhibition in 1937. In 1952, he received the Grand Prize at the Venice Biennale, and in 1964 the Guggenheim dedicated a major retrospective to him. His influence still resonates in modern days: in 2016, the Tate Modern held a major retrospective on the legendary sculptor.

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Alexander Calder, Snakes, Print

Alexander Calder

Snakes, 1975 57.8 x 77.8 cm Print

€12,604

Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Untitled, Painting

Alexander Calder

Untitled, 1956 74 x 105.5 cm Painting

€181,500

Our recommendations Alexander Calder, From D.L.M. (joueur de cartes), Print

Alexander Calder

From D.L.M. (joueur de cartes), 1975 38.7 x 27.9 cm Print

€1,200

Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Portrait de Constantin Tacou, Print

Alexander Calder

Portrait de Constantin Tacou, 1974 66 x 50 cm Print

€2,400

Alexander Calder, Santa Claus, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Claus, 1974 67 x 51 x 0.1 cm Print

€1,350 €1,215

Alexander Calder, Santa Claus, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Claus, 1974 51 x 67 x 0.1 cm Print

€1,350 €1,215

Alexander Calder, Portrait de Constantin Tacou, Print

Alexander Calder

Portrait de Constantin Tacou, 1974 49 x 34 cm Print

€2,000

Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Potpourri en Ciel, Print

Alexander Calder

Potpourri en Ciel, 1975 73.7 x 55.2 cm Print

€12,124

Alexander Calder, Santa Claus, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Claus, 1974 51 x 67 x 0.1 cm Print

€1,350

Alexander Calder, Santa Claus, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Claus, 1974 51 x 67 x 0.1 cm Print

€1,350 €1,215

Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Le Point de Non-Retour, Print

Alexander Calder

Le Point de Non-Retour, 1969 50.8 x 71.8 x 2.5 cm Print

€16,974

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 1, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 1, 1974 67 x 51 cm Print

€1,500

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 5, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 5, 1974 51 x 67 cm Print

€1,800

Alexander Calder, La Vague, Print

Alexander Calder

La Vague, 1971 88.9 x 57.2 x 2.5 cm Print

€824

Alexander Calder, From D.L.M. (3 joueurs de cartes), Print

Alexander Calder

From D.L.M. (3 joueurs de cartes), 1975 38.7 x 27.9 cm Print

€1,200

Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Cinq Boules et Deux Serpents, Print

Alexander Calder

Cinq Boules et Deux Serpents, 1965 52.1 x 73 cm Print

€12,124

Alexander Calder, Lunar View, Print

Alexander Calder

Lunar View, 1961 48.7 x 65 cm Print

€4,500

Alexander Calder, Untitled, Print

Alexander Calder

Untitled, 1965 65 x 49.7 cm Print

€5,300

Alexander Calder, La scie et les boules, Print

Alexander Calder

La scie et les boules, 1961 65 x 49.7 cm Print

€4,500

Alexander Calder, Untitled, Print

Alexander Calder

Untitled, 1965 65 x 49.7 cm Print

€6,000

Alexander Calder, Os et Serpent, Print

Alexander Calder

Os et Serpent, 1969 75 x 55 cm Print

€5,300

Alexander Calder, Spring Carnival, Print

Alexander Calder

Spring Carnival, 1969 44.5 x 64.1 x 2.5 cm Print

€3,783

Alexander Calder, Untitled, Painting

Alexander Calder

Untitled, 1976 50 x 70 cm Painting

€121,000

Alexander Calder, Chevrons noir sur rouge et jaune, Print

Alexander Calder

Chevrons noir sur rouge et jaune, 1960 61.5 x 89 cm Print

€6,800

Alexander Calder, Red and Blue spirals with sun, Print

Alexander Calder

Red and Blue spirals with sun, 1975 55 x 75 cm Print

€6,050

Alexander Calder, Landscape, Print

Alexander Calder

Landscape, 1975 76.8 x 111.8 x 2.5 cm Print

€9,214

Alexander Calder, Dice, Painting

Alexander Calder

Dice, 1974 94 x 129.5 x 2.5 cm Painting

€436,472

Alexander Calder, Spirals (from the Magie éolienne portfolio), Print

Alexander Calder

Spirals (from the Magie éolienne portfolio), 1972 64.8 x 50.2 cm Print

€12,604

Alexander Calder, Black lines, Print

Alexander Calder

Black lines, 1975 55.9 x 76.2 cm Print

€15,034

Alexander Calder, Untitled, Print

Alexander Calder

Untitled, 1965 65 x 49.7 cm Print

€5,300

Alexander Calder, Freekles, Print

Alexander Calder

Freekles, 1973 52 x 72 cm Print

€3,350

Alexander Calder, Une famille de là-bas, Print

Alexander Calder

Une famille de là-bas, 1975 53.5 x 76 cm Print

€3,350

Alexander Calder, Untitled, Painting

Alexander Calder

Untitled, 1976 58 x 77 cm Painting

€136,125

Alexander Calder, Spirals and Forms, Print

Alexander Calder

Spirals and Forms, 1965 66 x 96.5 x 2.5 cm Print

€16,974

Alexander Calder, Seahorse, Print

Alexander Calder

Seahorse, 1975 74.9 x 54 x 2.5 cm Print

€16,489

Alexander Calder, Pennants, Print

Alexander Calder

Pennants, 1965 58.4 x 78.7 x 2.5 cm Print

€13,094

Alexander Calder, Caracol, Print

Alexander Calder

Caracol, 1975 62.2 x 64.8 x 2.5 cm Print

€9,214

Alexander Calder, Galactic System, Print

Alexander Calder

Galactic System, 1974 20.375 x 28.75 x 1 cm Print

€16,004

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 2, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 2, 1974 53.2 x 66 cm Print

€1,800

Alexander Calder, Santa Claus, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Claus, 1974 51 x 67 x 0.1 cm Print

€1,350

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 4, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 4, 1974 51 x 67 cm Print

€1,500

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 3, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 3, 1974 51 x 67 cm Print

€1,800

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 8, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 8, 1974 67 x 51 cm Print

€1,800

Alexander Calder, Fête de L'Humanité, Print

Alexander Calder

Fête de L'Humanité, 1969 81.3 x 57.2 x 0.3 cm Print

€1,455

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 9, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 9, 1974 51 x 67 cm Print

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Alexander Calder, Pyramid Rouge, Print

Alexander Calder

Pyramid Rouge, 1969 38 x 51 cm Print

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Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Two half disks, Print

Alexander Calder

Two half disks, 1971 74.9 x 109.2 cm Print

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Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Spirale rouge et Bleu, Print

Alexander Calder

Spirale rouge et Bleu, 1969 106.7 x 73 cm Print

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Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Alexander Calder

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975 35.5 x 26 x 0.3 cm Print

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Alexander Calder, La Fleur (The Flower), Print

Alexander Calder

La Fleur (The Flower), 1975 58.1 x 77.5 cm Print

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Alexander Calder, Le Jardin Fantastique, Print

Alexander Calder

Le Jardin Fantastique, 1975 58.4 x 78.7 cm Print

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Alexander Calder, La Fleur (The Flower), Print

Alexander Calder

La Fleur (The Flower), 1975 58.1 x 77.5 cm Print

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Alexander Calder, Deux Spirales, Print

Alexander Calder

Deux Spirales, 1974 73.7 x 111.1 cm Print

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Alexander Calder, Seahorse, Print

Alexander Calder

Seahorse, 1975 71.1 x 53.3 cm Print

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Alexander Calder, Acier du constructeur, Print

Alexander Calder

Acier du constructeur, 1976 54.7 x 75 cm Print

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Alexander Calder, Pinwheels and Pyramids, Print

Alexander Calder

Pinwheels and Pyramids, 1970 75 x 111 x 0.2 cm Print

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Alexander Calder, Fish and Pyramids, Print

Alexander Calder

Fish and Pyramids, 1976 58.4 x 78.7 x 1 cm Print

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Alexander Calder, Our Unfinished Revolution, Print

Alexander Calder

Our Unfinished Revolution, 1976 56 x 76 x 1 cm Print

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Alexander Calder, Bird's Nest, Print

Alexander Calder

Bird's Nest, 1975 75 x 100 cm Print

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Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Humanité, Print

Alexander Calder

Humanité, 1968 88.9 x 55.9 cm Print

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Who is the artist?

Alexander Calder, a major sculptor of the abstract movement, was born in Lawton, Pennsylvania, 1898, and passed away in New York, 1976. As a child, Calder enjoyed building things and went on to study mechanical engineering. His engineering background later gave him the knowledge to develop the mechanisms of his sculptures. In 1923, he decided to devote himself fully to art and went to New York in pursuit of fine art studies.

His first freehand drawings depicting athletes, acrobats, and street scenes, which were early indicators of his sculptural style. He drew animals at the zoo and began taking a keen interest in motion, movement, and animation. In 1929, Calder moved to Paris and met some of the most important artists of the time, including Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and Joan Miró.

Upon seeing Piet Mondrian's colored squares for the first time in 1930, Calder had a genuine revelation. He imagined them floating in space; movement later became the main “material" of his work. He embraced geometric abstraction and produced moving wire sculptures, or "mobiles" as Marcel Duchamp called them. They broke completely with the dense and imposing sculptures of the time as Calder's works are distinguished by their lightness. This marked the beginning of kinetic art; even if Calder's goal was not so much movement yet, but the search for balance, symmetry, silence, lightness, and subtlety.

From 1933 onwards, Alexander Calder's works received critical and public acclaim, particularly his painting "La Fontaine de Mercure", shown at the Universal Exhibition in 1937. In 1952, he received the Grand Prize at the Venice Biennale, and in 1964 the Guggenheim dedicated a major retrospective to him. His influence still resonates in modern days: in 2016, the Tate Modern held a major retrospective on the legendary sculptor.

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What is Alexander Calder’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Geometric Sculptors

When was Alexander Calder born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1898