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Alexander Calder

Born in: 1898

United States

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Alexander Calder was an international renowned American sculptor, born in 1898 and died in 1976. After studying mechanical engineering, and working in several jobs in this sector, he decided to turn towards art and studied painting at the Art Students League of New York.

In his early age, the artist had a fascination for circus, which led him to create the Calder Circus in 1926. His first own exhibition took place in New York in 1928, and his meeting with Piet Mondrian in 1930 was a profound artistic turning point. He then developed an abstract and colored style of sculpture, and turned away from figuration.

It is by joining the group "Abstraction-creation", in 1931, with Piet Mondrian, Hans Arp, and Robert Delaunay, that he realized his first mobiles in iron wire for which he is so famous today. It is about the assembly of mobile and independent elements set in motion by the air or an electric motor, of which Marcel Duchamp gave the denomination “Mobiles”.

From 1933, Alexander Calder met with great success in the United States. The 1930's are his longest-wounded decade: he improved his abstract moving compositions, realized "La Fontaine de Mercure" exhibited next to "Guernica" at the Spanish pavilion of the International Exhibition in 1937, and had for the first time a retrospective at the George Walter Vincent Smith Gallery in Springfield in 1938.

Alexander Calder received the Grand Prize at the Biennial of Venice in 1952 and in 1964 the Guggenheim museum dedicated him a retrospective exhibition, officially showing his established recognition. The Tate Modern museum also had a retrospective exhibition from November 2015 to April 2016.

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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

$2,451

Alexander Calder, Dice, Painting

Alexander Calder

Dice, 1974
37 x 51 x 1 inch
Painting

$380,000

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 9, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 9, 1974
20.1 x 26.4 inch
Print

$1,838

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 4, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 4, 1974
20.1 x 26.4 inch
Print

$1,838

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 3, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 3, 1974
20.1 x 26.4 inch
Print

$1,838

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 1, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 1, 1974
26.4 x 20.1 inch
Print

$1,838

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 5, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 5, 1974
20.1 x 26.4 inch
Print

$1,838

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 8, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 8, 1974
26.4 x 20.1 inch
Print

$1,838

Alexander Calder, Potpourri en Ciel, Print

Alexander Calder

Potpourri en Ciel, 1975
39 x 31 x 1 inch
Print

$6,000

Alexander Calder, Clown, Print

Alexander Calder

Clown, 1973
28.3 x 20.5 inch
Print

$4,154

Alexander Calder, Black Pyramids, Print

Alexander Calder

Black Pyramids, 1970
34 x 42 inch
Print

$6,000

Alexander Calder, Le portrait de Constantin, Print

Alexander Calder

Le portrait de Constantin, 1974
33 x 27 inch
Print

$4,500

Alexander Calder, Spheres, Print

Alexander Calder

Spheres, 1970
20.5 x 28.3 inch
Print

$3,554

Alexander Calder, Soleil Noir, Print

Alexander Calder

Soleil Noir, 1969
31 x 22.75 inch
Print

$9,500

Alexander Calder, Freekles, Print

Alexander Calder

Freekles, 1973
20.5 x 28.3 inch
Print

$3,707

Alexander Calder, Les oeufs hors le nid, Print

Alexander Calder

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

$3,860

Alexander Calder, Une famille de là-bas, Print

Alexander Calder

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

$3,707

Alexander Calder, Acier du constructeur, Print

Alexander Calder

Acier du constructeur, 1976
21.5 x 29.5 inch
Print

$3,860

Alexander Calder, Our Unfinished Revolution No IV, Print

Alexander Calder

Our Unfinished Revolution No IV, 1975
21.7 x 29.1 inch
Print

$5,515

Alexander Calder, Bird's Nest, Print

Alexander Calder

Bird's Nest, 1975
29.5 x 39.4 inch
Print

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