1 of 3 images

Alexander Calder
Flying Colors for Braniff Airlines

1974

About

Artist: Alexander Calder (after) (American, 1898-1976) Title: Flying Colors for Braniff Airlines Year: 1974 Medium: Lithograph, signed in the plate Size: 20 in. x 26 in. (50.8 cm x 66.04 cm)

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 20 in. x W 26 in.

    H 50.8 cm x W 66.04 cm

  • Gallery location
    Long Island City, NY
  • Reference number
    LU4661482213

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Alexander Calder (Artist)

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

Top Seller
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2014
Typical response time: 3 hrs
Located in Long Island City, NY
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller
NaN

Lollipops from Derriere Le Miroir

Alexander Calder

Lithograph

Artist: Alexander Calder, American (1898 - 1976) Title: Lollipops from Derriere Le Miroir Year: 1966 Medium: Lithograph Size: 14.5 x 10 in. (36.83 x 25.4 cm) Frame Size: 23 x 19 inches

NaN

Three Acrobats

Alexander Calder

Lithograph

Artist: Alexander Calder, American (1898 - 1976) Title: Derriere Le Miroir (Three Acrobats) Year: 1975 Medium: Lithograph Size: 15 in. x 22 in. (38.1 cm x 55.88 cm) Frame Size: 23 x ...

NaN

Un Patriote

Alexander Calder

Lithograph

Artist: Alexander Calder, American (1898 - 1976) Title: Un Patriote from Derriere Le Miroir Year: 1975 Medium: Lithograph Size: 15 in. x 11 in. (38.1 cm x 27.94 cm) Frame Size: 23 x ...

NaN

Damier

Alexander Calder

Lithograph

Artist: Alexander Calder, American (1898 - 1976) Title: Damier from Derriere Le Miroir Year: 1966 Medium: Lithograph Size: 14.5 x 10.5 in. (36.83 x 26.67 cm) Frame Size: 23 x 19 inches

You May Also Like
NaN

Le Bonnet Phrygien

Alexander Calder

Lithograph

Unsigned color lithograph From: Derriere Le Miroir No. 141, November, 1963

NaN

Balloons

Alexander Calder

Paper, Lithograph

Original Color Lithograph by Alexander Calder made in Paris 1971. Printed by Mourlot for XXe Siècle. It's not signed. Height: 12.2 in ( 31 cm), Width: 9.45 in ( 24 cm), not framed.

NaN

Alexander Calder - Composition - Original Litho...

Alexander Calder

Lithograph

Alexander Calder - Original Lithograph - Composition 1964 Dimensions: 30 x 20 cm Edition of 200 (one of the 200 on Vélin de Rives) Mourlot Press, 1964 Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976)...

NaN

Derriere Le Miroir No. 173 (front cover)

Alexander Calder

Lithograph

An original one page lithograph on smooth wove paper by American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) titled "Derriere Le Miroir No. 173 (front cover)", 1968. Edition issued...

NaN

Expo Stabiles

Alexander Calder

Lithograph

An original lithograph exhibition poster by American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) titled "Expo Stabiles", 1971. This is from the original vintage edition, not a later reproduc...

NaN

Four Arches

Alexander Calder

Lithograph

Four Arches, 1974 lithograph, ed 66/150 27-3/4 x 22-1/4” - paper size 36-1/2 x 30-3/4” - framed size

NaN

El circulo de piedra

Alexander Calder

Lithograph

El circulo de piedra by Alexander Calder, 1970 Lithograph, ed of 125 on Arches paper + some HC copies. The lithograph provided is signed and numbered HC 57 x45,5 cm

NaN

PYRAMIDES

Alexander Calder

Lithograph

Calder, Alexander. PYRAMIDES. Lithograph in colors, c. 1970. Edition of 95. Signed in pencil and numbered 65/95. 28 1/2 x 42 1/2inches. In excellent condition. Perhaps the strongest ...