Red, Blue And Yellow Spheres is an original colored lithograph realized in 1967 by Alexander Calder.

Very good conditions. Monogrammed and dated on plate on lower right.

Numbered on lower left. Edition 178/200

The lithograph represents a very
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Red, Blue And Yellow Spheres - Original Lithograph by Alexander Calder - 1967

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Red, Blue And Yellow Spheres is an original colored lithograph realized in 1967 by Alexander Calder. Very good conditions. Monogrammed and dated on plate on lower right. Numbered on lower left. Edition 178/200 The lithograph represents a very colorful abstract composition typical of the artist's style. Alexander Calder (Lawton, Pennsylvania, 1898 - New York, 1976). He studies mechanical engineering. Famous for its kinetic art sculptures, mobile sculptures, but also for pictorial works, lithographs, and the design of toys, tapestries, carpets. In 1926 he came to Paris and started producing toys, which he presented at the Salon des Humoristes. Fascinated by the Circenese world, he creates a miniature circus with wire, string, rubber and recycled objects, designed to be transported in a suitcase, traveling with his mini-work, holding impromptu shows inspired by the real ones. With the advent of the Parisian avant-garde, the Circus Calder became famous, so much so that the artist began to charge the ticket for the vision of the representation. Back in America, he designs wooden toys, mass-produced. In 1929 he exhibited in a Parisian gallery, works realized with wire, wire sculptures, and important artists, avant-garde exponents, including Mirò, Arp and Duchamp. After a visit to Mondrian's studio, he is pleasantly impressed by abstract art and decides to dedicate some works to him. After a series of artistic experiments, he arrives at kinetic sculpture, set in motion by cranks and pulleys. In 1931 he created delicate sculptures that exploited the movement of wind and air currents. He designs stage theatrical productions and during the Fifties, reaches the peak of his career: retrospectives, museums, awards, prizes and important exhibitions.

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    H 25.6 in. x W 19.69 in. x D 0.08 in.H 65 cm x W 50 cm x D 2 mm
  • Gallery Location
    Roma, IT
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    LU65035010951
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    M-103256
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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.

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