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Alexander Calder

Born in: 1898

United States

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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 to build things with his hands 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 his art and went to New York to pursue his fine art studies.

His first freehand drawings depicting athletes, acrobats and street scenes, already announce his sculptural style. He drew the animals at the zoo and began to take an interest in movement and the possibility to integrate it into work. In 1929, he moved to Paris and got to meet some of the most important artists of the time such as Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp or Joan Miró.

When seeing Piet Mondrian's coloured squares for the first time in 1930, a veritable revelation for him, he started to imagine them floating in space ; movement later became the main “material" of his work. He started creating geometric abstract works, producing moving wire sculptures, or "mobiles" as Marcel Duchamp called them. They break completely with the dense and imposing sculptures of the time, as his works are marked by lightness. This is the beginning of kinetic art, even if for Alexander Calder the goal is not so much movement, but the search for balance, symmetry, silence, lightness, subtlety...

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

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Alexander Calder, Dice, Painting

Alexander Calder

Dice, 1974
37 x 51 x 1 inch
Painting

$380,000

Alexander Calder, Untitled, Print

Alexander Calder

Untitled, 1976
21.7 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$18,380

Alexander Calder, Soleil Noir, Print

Alexander Calder

Soleil Noir, 1969
31 x 22.75 inch
Print

$9,500

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 9, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 9, 1974
20.1 x 26.4 inch
Print

$1,723

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 4, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 4, 1974
20.1 x 26.4 inch
Print

$1,723

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 3, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 3, 1974
20.1 x 26.4 inch
Print

$1,723

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 1, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 1, 1974
26.4 x 20.1 inch
Print

$1,723

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 5, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 5, 1974
20.1 x 26.4 inch
Print

$1,723

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 8, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 8, 1974
26.4 x 20.1 inch
Print

$1,723

Alexander Calder, Clown, Print

Alexander Calder

Clown, 1973
28.3 x 20.5 inch
Print

$3,894

Alexander Calder, Freekles, Print

Alexander Calder

Freekles, 1973
20.5 x 28.3 inch
Print

$3,475

Alexander Calder, Les oeufs hors le nid, Print

Alexander Calder

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

$3,619

Alexander Calder, Acier du constructeur, Print

Alexander Calder

Acier du constructeur, 1976
21.5 x 29.5 inch
Print

$3,619

Alexander Calder, Portrait de Constantin Tacou, Print

Alexander Calder

Portrait de Constantin Tacou, 1974
19.3 x 13.4 inch
Print

$2,298

Alexander Calder, Pyramid Rouge, Print

Alexander Calder

Pyramid Rouge, 1969
15 x 20.1 inch
Print

$2,987

Alexander Calder, Fish and Pyramids, Print

Alexander Calder

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

$18,380

Alexander Calder, Our Unfinished Revolution, Print

Alexander Calder

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

$20,678

Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Humanité, Print

Alexander Calder

Humanité, 1968
35 x 22 inch
Print

$1,500

Alexander Calder, Une famille de là-bas, Print

Alexander Calder

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

$3,475

Alexander Calder, Our Unfinished Revolution No IV, Print

Alexander Calder

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

$5,170

Alexander Calder, Balloons, Print

Alexander Calder

Balloons, 1968
30 x 22 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
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