Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 6

Alexander Calder
Beastie (Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection)

1974

$716
$89520% Off

About

Artist: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Title: Beastie (Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection) Year: 1974 Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper Size: 20 x 26 inches Condition: Excellent Edition: 3,000, plus proofs Inscription: Plate signed and dated lower right, and embossed with the Flying Colors Collection stamp lower right. Notes: Printed at Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris. A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition commissioned by Braniff International Airlines. One of six plates comprising the Flying Colors Collection, bearing its blindstamp in the sheet lower right. ABOUT THE FLYING COLORS COLLECTION: In 1972, Dallas based Braniff International Airways commissioned Alexander Calder to paint a full-size Douglas DC-8-62 airliner as a “flying canvas.” Models of the aircraft were sent to Calder at his studio in France in November of 1972, and work commenced. Braniff announced the Calder collaboration to the public on June 4, 1973. This was to be the first time that an artist had ever painted a jetliner used in regular airline service. Painting began at the carrier’s Dallas Love Field Operations and Maintenance Base. Calder supervised the painting of the aircraft at the Braniff Base, and personally painted the two left side engine nacelles with two of his designs called “Beastie” and “Sunburst”. While at the hangar Calder befriended many of the Braniff Maintenance and Engineering personnel and even painted his unique designs on their lunch pails and toolboxes. At the time, some of the employees did not like the designs but quickly changed their mind once they realized they became owner’s of their own Calder masterpieces. This lithograph is one from a set of six comprising The Flying Colors Collection commemorating this historic project which created a piece of artwork that was seen by more people than have looked at any other single work of art in the 20th century. ALEXANDER CALDER (1898-1976) Credited with the invention of the mobile, Alexander Calder revolutionized twentieth-century art with his innovative use of subtle air currents to animate sculpture. Calder was prolific and worked throughout his career in many art forms. An accomplished painter of gouaches and sculptor in a variety of media, Calder is best known for poetic arrangements of boldly colored, irregularly shaped geometric forms that convey a sense of harmony and balance. He also designed jewelry, tapestry, theater settings and architectural interiors. From the 1940s on, Calder's works, many of them large-scale outdoor sculptures, have been placed in virtually every major city of the Western world.

Details

  • Creator
    Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976, American)
  • Creation Year
    1974
  • Dimensions
    Height: 20 in. (50.8 cm)Width: 26 in. (66.04 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Fairfield, CT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU134216554622

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Fairfield, CT
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 1 day of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

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 his 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) 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, such as this stunning lithograph of an elephant and two cats.
About the Seller
4.9 / 5
Located in Fairfield, CT
Gold Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are highly rated and consistently exceed customer expectations.
Established in 2002
1stDibs seller since 2020
296 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 3 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Spirales
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 35 1/8 x 23 3/4 inches Frame dimensions: 36 9/16 x 25 1/4 inches Printer and publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Edition size: 120 + proofs Signed and numbered in pencil...
Category

1960s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Tabouret à Trois Pieds
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 29 5/8 x 22 3/4 inches Frame dimensions: 31 1/8 x 24 3/8 inches Printer and publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Edition size: 75 + proofs Signed and numbered in pencil, low...
Category

1960s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Les Trois Oeufs
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
An original hand-signed Alexander Calder lithograph print. Alexander Calder, (American, 1898-1976) Les Trois Oeufs, 1974 Hand-Signed and numbered in pencil Lithograph in colors 26/7...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

"Derriere Le Miroir," Catalog with Five Original Lithographs by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Derriere Le Miroir" is an original portfolio of lithographs and text by Alexander Calder. The artist signed the portfolio on the last page. This is edition number 146/150 of the del...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Alexander Calder - Rocks and Sun - Original Lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Alexander Calder - Rocks and Sun - Original Lithograph From the literary review "XXe Siècle" 1952 Dimensions: 32 x 24 cm Publisher: G. di San Lazzaro. Unsigned and unnumbered as issued
Category

1950s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Spiral
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Portfolio: Magie Éolienne Sheet size: 25 1/2 x 19 5/8 inches Frame dimensions: 32 7/8 x 27 inches Printer: Arte Adrian Maeght, Paris Publisher: Société Internationale d'Art XXe Siè...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Derriere Le Miroir No. 201 (page 11)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph on smooth wove paper by American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) titled "Derriere Le Miroir No. 201 (page 11)", 1973. This lithograph was drawn in the work...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Untitled (DLM, 1970)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Untitled Color lithograph, 1970 Unsigned (as issued) From:Derriere le Miroir, Volume 190 Large unsigned edition Printed by Mourlot, Paris Published by Aime Maeght, Paris Condition: E...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery