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Alexander Calder

United States Born in: 1898 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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Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Two half disks, Print

Alexander Calder

Two half disks, 1971
74.9 x 109.2 cm
Print

$16,500

Alexander Calder, Dice, Painting

Alexander Calder

Dice, 1974
94 x 129.5 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$380,000

Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Cinq Boules et Deux Serpents, Print

Alexander Calder

Cinq Boules et Deux Serpents, 1965
52.1 x 73 cm
Print

$15,500

Alexander Calder, La Fleur (The Flower), Print

Alexander Calder

La Fleur (The Flower), 1975
58.1 x 77.5 cm
Print

$15,500

Alexander Calder, Potpourri en Ciel, Print

Alexander Calder

Potpourri en Ciel, 1975
73.7 x 55.2 cm
Print

$12,500

Alexander Calder, Spirale rouge et Bleu, Print

Alexander Calder

Spirale rouge et Bleu, 1969
106.7 x 73 cm
Print

$16,500

Alexander Calder, Black lines, Print

Alexander Calder

Black lines, 1975
55.9 x 76.2 cm
Print

$22,500

Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Les oeufs hors le nid, Print

Alexander Calder

Les oeufs hors le nid, 1976
49 x 66 cm
Print

$4,015

Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Alexander Calder

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
35.5 x 26 x 0.3 cm
Print

$6,309

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 1, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 1, 1974
67 x 51 cm
Print

$1,721

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 5, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 5, 1974
51 x 67 cm
Print

$1,721

Alexander Calder, Pyramid Rouge, Print

Alexander Calder

Pyramid Rouge, 1969
38 x 51 cm
Print

$2,982

Alexander Calder, Freekles, Print

Alexander Calder

Freekles, 1973
52 x 72 cm
Print

$3,843

Alexander Calder, Une famille de là-bas, Print

Alexander Calder

Une famille de là-bas, 1975
53.5 x 76 cm
Print

$3,843

Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Humanité, Print

Alexander Calder

Humanité, 1968
88.9 x 55.9 cm
Print

$1,500

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 4, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 4, 1974
51 x 67 cm
Print

$1,721

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 3, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 3, 1974
51 x 67 cm
Print

$1,721

Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 8, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 8, 1974
67 x 51 cm
Print

$1,721

Alexander Calder, Fête de L'Humanité, Print

Alexander Calder

Fête de L'Humanité, 1969
81.3 x 57.2 x 0.3 cm
Print

$2,500

Alexander Calder, Le Jardin Fantastique, Print

Alexander Calder

Le Jardin Fantastique, 1975
58.4 x 78.7 cm
Print

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Alexander Calder, La Fleur (The Flower), Print

Alexander Calder

La Fleur (The Flower), 1975
58.1 x 77.5 cm
Print

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Alexander Calder, Deux Spirales, Print

Alexander Calder

Deux Spirales, 1974
73.7 x 111.1 cm
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Alexander Calder, Portrait de Constantin Tacou, Print

Alexander Calder

Portrait de Constantin Tacou, 1974
49 x 34 cm
Print

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Alexander Calder, Santa Klaus 9, Print

Alexander Calder

Santa Klaus 9, 1974
51 x 67 cm
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Alexander Calder, Bird's Nest, Print

Alexander Calder

Bird's Nest, 1975
75 x 100 cm
Print

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Alexander Calder, Pinwheels and Pyramids, Print

Alexander Calder

Pinwheels and Pyramids, 1970
75 x 111 x 0.2 cm
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Alexander Calder, Fish and Pyramids, Print

Alexander Calder

Fish and Pyramids, 1976
58.4 x 78.7 x 1 cm
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Alexander Calder, Our Unfinished Revolution, Print

Alexander Calder

Our Unfinished Revolution, 1976
56 x 76 x 1 cm
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Alexander Calder, Acier du constructeur, Print

Alexander Calder

Acier du constructeur, 1976
54.7 x 75 cm
Print

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Alexander Calder, Seahorse, Print

Alexander Calder

Seahorse, 1975
71.1 x 53.3 cm
Print

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