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  • Design Credit: Samantha Todhunter Design Ltd., Photo Credit: Oliver Clarke. Dimensions: H 32 in. x W 26 in.
  • Design Credit: Lucy Harris Studio, Photo Credit: Francesco Bertocci. Dimensions: H 32 in. x W 26 in.
  • Design Credit: Timothy Godbold, Photo Credit: Karl Simone. Dimensions: H 32 in. x W 26 in.
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Alexander Calder
Alexander Calder Skyswirl

1974

$995

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Alexander Calder Skyswirl Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Skyswirl Portfolio: Flying Colors Year: 1974 Edition: Open Signed: In the stone Framed Size: 33" x 27" Image Size: 20" x 26" (50.8 x 66 cm) Sheet Size: 20" x 26" (50.8 x 66 cm)

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  • Creator
    Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976, American)
  • Creation Year
    1974
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 26 in. (66.04 cm)
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Washington, DC
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU54438240422

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About the Artist

Alexander Calder

The American sculptor Alexander Calder is known as the father of the mobile, a moving artwork composed of delicately balanced sculptural forms suspended from the ceiling.

Because Calder's parents, both artists themselves, did not want him to suffer the hardships of trying to make a living in art, they encouraged the young Calder to study mechanical engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey. He worked a number of jobs, including as a hydraulic engineer and draftsman for the New York Edison Company, before deciding to pursue an artistic career. He never abandoned his engineering background, however, applying his understanding of gears and moving parts in all his artworks, from mechanical toys like the Cirque Calder (1931) and his revered prints to his free-standing abstract sculptures, called stabiles.

In 1926, Calder moved to Paris and established a studio in the Montparnasse quarter. He began creating the many parts of his famous miniature circus from found materials, such as wire, string, cloth, rubber and cork. Designed to be transportable, Cirque grew to fill five suitcases over the years. Always interested in putting forms in motion, Calder also pioneered a new art form called wire sculptures, which he described as “drawings in space.” Like his famous mobiles, the wire sculptures were suspended so that they turned with any movement of the air, presenting different forms when viewed from different angles.

In the 1950s, Calder returned to his roots in mechanical engineering, creating monumental abstract sculptures that verged on the architectural. He worked from loose gestural drawings like this preparatory sketch for his Man Stabile, from 1966. Throughout his career, he also worked as a set designer for the theater, as well as an illustrator and printmaker, producing vibrant, whimsical drawings for books and journals.

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