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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, Santa Claus, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Claus, 1974 26.4 x 20.1 x 0 inch Print

£1,167

Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Untitled, Painting

Alexander Calder

Untitled, 1956 29.1 x 41.5 inch Painting

£156,901

Alexander Calder, Santa Claus, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Claus, 1974 20.1 x 26.4 x 0 inch Print

£1,167

Alexander Calder, Santa Claus, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Claus, 1974 20.1 x 26.4 x 0 inch Print

£1,167

Alexander Calder, Santa Claus, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Claus, 1974 20.1 x 26.4 x 0 inch Print

£1,167

Alexander Calder, Untitled, Print

Alexander Calder

Untitled, 1965 25.6 x 19.6 inch Print

£4,582

Alexander Calder, Untitled, Print

Alexander Calder

Untitled, 1965 25.6 x 19.6 inch Print

£5,187

Alexander Calder, Os et Serpent, Print

Alexander Calder

Os et Serpent, 1969 29.5 x 21.7 inch Print

£4,582

Alexander Calder, Lunar view, Print

Alexander Calder

Lunar view, 1961 19.2 x 25.6 inch Print

£3,890

Alexander Calder, Untitled, Print

Alexander Calder

Untitled, 1965 25.6 x 19.6 inch Print

£4,582

Alexander Calder, Untitled, Painting

Alexander Calder

Untitled, 1976 19.7 x 27.6 inch Painting

£104,601

Alexander Calder, Landscape, Print

Alexander Calder

Landscape, 1975 30.25 x 44 x 1 inch Print

£7,861

Alexander Calder, Untitled, Painting

Alexander Calder

Untitled, 1976 22.8 x 30.3 inch Painting

£117,676

Alexander Calder, Spirals and Forms, Print

Alexander Calder

Spirals and Forms, 1965 26 x 38 x 1 inch Print

£12,826

Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Potpourri en Ciel, Print

Alexander Calder

Potpourri en Ciel, 1975 29 x 21.75 inch Print

£10,343

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 5, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 5, 1974 20.1 x 26.4 inch Print

£1,556

Alexander Calder, La Vague, Print

Alexander Calder

La Vague, 1971 35 x 22.5 x 1 inch Print

£703

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

Alexander Calder

Le Point de Non-Retour, 1969 20 x 28.25 x 1 inch Print

£14,480

Alexander Calder, Dice, Painting

Alexander Calder

Dice, 1974 37 x 51 x 1 inch Painting

£314,433

Alexander Calder, Black lines, Print

Alexander Calder

Black lines, 1975 22 x 30 inch Print

£12,826

Alexander Calder, Spring Carnival, Print

Alexander Calder

Spring Carnival, 1969 17.5 x 25.25 x 1 inch Print

£3,227

Alexander Calder, Freekles, Print

Alexander Calder

Freekles, 1973 20.5 x 28.3 inch Print

£2,896

Alexander Calder, Seahorse, Print

Alexander Calder

Seahorse, 1975 29.5 x 21.25 x 1 inch Print

£14,067

Alexander Calder, Pennants, Print

Alexander Calder

Pennants, 1965 23 x 31 x 1 inch Print

£11,171

Alexander Calder, Caracol, Print

Alexander Calder

Caracol, 1975 24.5 x 25.5 x 1 inch Print

£7,861

Alexander Calder, Galactic System, Print

Alexander Calder

Galactic System, 1974 8 x 11.3 x 0.4 inch Print

£13,653

Alexander Calder, Santa Claus, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Claus, 1974 20.1 x 26.4 x 0 inch Print

£1,167

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 2, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 2, 1974 20.9 x 26 inch Print

£1,556

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 4, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 4, 1974 20.1 x 26.4 inch Print

£1,297

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 3, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 3, 1974 20.1 x 26.4 inch Print

£1,556

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 8, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 8, 1974 26.4 x 20.1 inch Print

£1,556

Alexander Calder, Fête de L'Humanité, Print

Alexander Calder

Fête de L'Humanité, 1969 32 x 22.5 x 0.1 inch Print

£1,241

Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Two half disks, Print

Alexander Calder

Two half disks, 1971 29.5 x 43 inch Print

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Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Alexander Calder

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975 14 x 10.2 x 0.1 inch Print

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Alexander Calder, Deux Spirales, Print

Alexander Calder

Deux Spirales, 1974 29 x 43.75 inch Print

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Alexander Calder, Seahorse, Print

Alexander Calder

Seahorse, 1975 28 x 21 inch Print

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Alexander Calder, Pinwheels and Pyramids, Print

Alexander Calder

Pinwheels and Pyramids, 1970 29.5 x 43.7 x 0.1 inch Print

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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, Bird's Nest, Print

Alexander Calder

Bird's Nest, 1975 29.5 x 39.4 inch Print

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Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Humanité, Print

Alexander Calder

Humanité, 1968 35 x 22 inch 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