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Alexander Calder

United States Born in: 1898 Famous artist

Alexander Calder, a major sculptor of the abstract movement, was born in 1898 in Lawton, Pennsylvania and passed away in 1976 in New York. As a child he liked 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 to pursue his fine art studies.

His first freehand drawings depicting athletes, acrobats and street scenes were early indicators of his sculptural style. He drew animals at the zoo and began taking an interest in movement and how to animate his work. In 1929, he moved to Paris and met some of the most important artists of the time such as Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp and Joan Miró.

Upon seeing Piet Mondrian's coloured squares for the first time in 1930 - a veritable revelation for him - 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, indeed his works are marked by their lightness. This was the beginning of kinetic art, even if for Alexander Calder the goal was not so much movement, but the search for balance, symmetry, silence, lightness and subtlety...

From 1933 onwards, Alexander Calder's works received critical and public acclaim, in particular 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 today: in 2016, the Tate Modern held a major retrospective on the legendary sculptor.

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Alexander Calder, Appearing Orbs, Painting

Alexander Calder

Appearing Orbs, 1974
29.5 x 43.5 inch
Painting

$225,000

Alexander Calder, Pyramid Rouge, Print

Alexander Calder

Pyramid Rouge, 1969
15 x 20.1 inch
Print

$2,932

Alexander Calder, Dice, Painting

Alexander Calder

Dice, 1974
37 x 51 x 1 inch
Painting

$380,000

Alexander Calder, Les Oignons, Print

Alexander Calder

Les Oignons, 1965
22 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$14,660

Alexander Calder, Composition aux formes Géométriques, Print

Alexander Calder

Composition aux formes Géométriques, 1965
21.3 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$16,915

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 4, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 4, 1974
20.1 x 26.4 inch
Print

$1,692

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 3, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 3, 1974
20.1 x 26.4 inch
Print

$1,692

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 1, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 1, 1974
26.4 x 20.1 inch
Print

$1,692

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 5, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 5, 1974
20.1 x 26.4 inch
Print

$1,692

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 8, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 8, 1974
26.4 x 20.1 inch
Print

$1,692

Alexander Calder, Clown, Print

Alexander Calder

Clown, 1973
28.3 x 20.5 inch
Print

$3,823

Alexander Calder, Freekles, Print

Alexander Calder

Freekles, 1973
20.5 x 28.3 inch
Print

$3,411

Alexander Calder, Les oeufs hors le nid, Print

Alexander Calder

Les oeufs hors le nid, 1976
19.3 x 26 inch
Print

$3,552

Alexander Calder, Acier du constructeur, Print

Alexander Calder

Acier du constructeur, 1976
21.5 x 29.5 inch
Print

$3,552

Alexander Calder, Our Unfinished Revolution, Print

Alexander Calder

Our Unfinished Revolution, 1976
22 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$18,043

Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Humanité, Print

Alexander Calder

Humanité, 1968
35 x 22 inch
Print

$1,500

Alexander Calder, Soleil Noir, Print

Alexander Calder

Soleil Noir, 1969
31 x 22.75 inch
Print

$9,500

Alexander Calder, Une famille de là-bas, Print

Alexander Calder

Une famille de là-bas, 1975
21.1 x 29.9 inch
Print

$3,411

Alexander Calder, Fish and Pyramids, Print

Alexander Calder

Fish and Pyramids, 1976
23 x 31 x 0.4 inch
Print

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Alexander Calder, Untitled, Print

Alexander Calder

Untitled, 1976
21.7 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

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Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 9, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 9, 1974
20.1 x 26.4 inch
Print

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Alexander Calder, Portrait de Constantin Tacou, Print

Alexander Calder

Portrait de Constantin Tacou, 1974
19.3 x 13.4 inch
Print

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Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Bird's Nest, Print

Alexander Calder

Bird's Nest, 1975
29.5 x 39.4 inch
Print

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