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Alexander Calder
Untitled (Wire Figure)

Circa: 1970

$350Asking Price

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An original screenprint after American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) titled "Untitled (Wire Figure)", c. 1970. Signed in the plate lower right "Calder 44". This screenprint is after Calder's original gouache painting made in 1944. At bottom left: "Calder gouache 1944 / galerie Beyeler. Editions des Nouvelles Images / 45200 Lombreuil / France serigraphie M 37 © ADAGP / printed in France". Framed in a contemporary black moulding. Framed size: 27" x 19". Sheet size: 25.25" x 17.25". Excellent condition. In June 1936, Calder moved to Paris were he made his first wire sculptures. Calder created a miniature circus in his studio; the animals, clowns and tumblers were made of wire and animated by hand. Many of his prints, such as this, depict these wiry figures. Alexander Calder was born on July 22, 1898 in Lawnton, Pa. He attended the Art Students League, where he was influenced by artists of the Ash Can school. In 1926 he moved to Paris and developed his miniature circus. He is best known as the inventor of the mobile. His art was recognized with many large-scale exhibitions. He died in 1976.

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  • Creator
    Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976, American)
  • Creation Year
    Circa: 1970
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Width: 19 in. (48.26 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    Saint Augustine, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU12121509363

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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 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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