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Why are Alexander Calder’s sculptures called mobiles?

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Why are Alexander Calder’s sculptures called mobiles?
The term ‘mobile’, which was coined by Marcel Duchamp, was used to describe Alexander Calder’s work, as Calder’s sculptures often moved with the help of motors or wind. ‘Mobiles’ was a French pun which meant ‘motion’. On 1stDibs, find a variety of original artwork from Alexander Calder.
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Elementary Memory, Composition X
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Alexander Calder Nostalgie de l'envol , 1976 Hand-signed Lithograph in colors on wove paper S. 20 1/2 in x 28 3/8 x (52.1cm x 72.1 ) Ed. 100
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20th Century Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Elementary Memory
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Alexander Calder Elementary Memory. 1976 Hand-signed Lithograph in colors on wove paper S. 20 1/2 in x 28 3/8 x (52.1cm x 72.1 ) Ed. 100
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20th Century Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

1960's Alexander Calder lithographic cover Derrière le miroir
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Alexander Calder Lithographic cover c. 1968 from Derrière le miroir: Lithograph in colors; 11 x 15 inches. Very good overall vintage condition. Unsigned from an edition of unknown with crisp bright colors. Published by: Galerie Maeght, Paris, c. 1968. Unsigned from an edition of unknown. Looks fantastic framed. Derrière le miroir: In October 1945 the French art dealer Aimé Maeght opens his art gallery at 13 Rue de Téhéran in Paris. His beginning coincides with the end of Second World War and the return of a number of exiled artists back to France. The publication was created in October 1946 (n°1) and published without interruption until 1982 (n°253). Its original articles and illustrations (mainly original color lithographs by the gallery artists) who were famous at the time. The lithographic publication covered only the artists exhibited by Maeght gallery either through personal or group exhibitions. Among them were, Pierre Alechinsky, Francis Bacon, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Eduardo Chillida, Alberto Giacometti, Vassily Kandinsky, Ellsworth Kelly, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Saul Steinberg and Antoni Tapies. Related Categories: Mid century modern. Alexander Calder prints. Calder orange. Calder red...
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1960s Contemporary Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder lithograph derrière le miroir (1960s Calder prints)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Alexander Calder Lithograph c. 1967 from Derrière le miroir: Lithograph in colors; 15 x 11 inches. Very good overall vintage condition; well-preseved. Unsigned from an edition of u...
Category

1960s Pop Art Abstract Prints

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Lithograph, Offset

Convection (Braniff International Airways), Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Title: Convection (from the Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection) Year: 1974 Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper Size: 20 x 26 ...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Flying Colors '76 (Stars and Stripes) /// Alexander Calder Abstract Modern Art
By Alexander Calder
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
Artist: Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Title: "Flying Colors '76 (Stars and Stripes)" Portfolio: Flying Colors *Issued unsigned, though signed by Calder in the plate (printed...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

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