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Alexander Calder La Fleur (The Flower), 1975

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About the work
  • Medium

    Print : lithography

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    58.1 x 77.5 cm

  • Support

    Print on fine art paper

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 90 copies
    1 remaining copy

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Medium: color lithograph on wove paper. Edition: 90, plus proofs. Inscription: signed and numbered by the artist.

    Credited with the invention of the mobile, Alexander Calder revolutionized twentieth-century art with his innovative use of subtle drafts to animate sculpture. Calder was prolific and worked in many art forms throughout his career. An accomplished painter of gouaches and sculptor in a variety of media, Calder is best known for his poetic arrangements of geometric shapes in bold colors and irregular shapes that convey a sense of harmony and balance. He also designed jewelry, tapestries, theater sets and architectural interiors. Since the 1940s, Calder's works, many of which are large-scale outdoor sculptures, have been placed in virtually every major city in the Western world.
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Alexander Calder

United States Born in: 1898 Bestsellers Masterpieces

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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