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Alexander Calder 'Flying Colors’ Lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), 'Beastie' from 'Flying Colors’, lithograph printed in colors, 1974, each on wove paper with full margins printed to the edge, framed.
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Vintage 1970s American Prints

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  • Alexander Calder 'Flying Colors’ Lithograph
H 20.08 in. W 25.99 in. D 0.79 in.
1974 Alexander Calder 'Flying Colors' Contemporary USA Lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 20 x 26 inches ( 50.8 x 66.04 cm ) Image Size: 20 x 26 inches ( 50.8 x 66.04 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Additional Detai...
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1970s Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Flying Colors - Spiral, 1974 - Original lithograph, Signed
By Alexander Calder
Located in Paris, FR
Alexander CALDER Flying Colors - Spiral, 1974 Original Lithograph Printed signature in the plate On vellum 51 x 66 cm (c. 20 x 26 inch) Authenticated by the blind stamp of the edito...
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1970s American Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Flying Colors - Abstraction, 1974 - Original lithograph, Signed
By Alexander Calder
Located in Paris, FR
Alexander CALDER Flying Colors - Abstraction, 1974 Original Lithograph Printed signature in the plate On vellum 66 x 51 cm (c. 26 x 20 inch) Authenticated by the blind stamp of the ...
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1970s American Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Flying Colors - Blue Balls, 1974 - Original lithograph, Signed
By Alexander Calder
Located in Paris, FR
Alexander CALDER Flying Colors - Blue Balls, 1974 Original Lithograph Printed signature in the plate On vellum 66 x 51 cm (c. 26 x 20 inch) Authenticated by the blind stamp of the e...
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1970s American Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Flying Colors - Wild Animal, 1974 - Original lithograph, Signed
By Alexander Calder
Located in Paris, FR
Alexander CALDER Flying Colors - Wild Animal, 1974 Original Lithograph Printed signature in the plate On vellum 66 x 51 cm (c. 26 x 20 inch) Authenticated by the blind stamp of the ...
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1970s American Modern Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Flying Colors for Braniff Airlines, Lithograph by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
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...
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1970s Modern Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Flying Colors for Braniff Airlines, Lithograph by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
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 6...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Flying Colors for Braniff Airlines, Lithograph by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Alexander Calder, (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...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Friendship (Braniff Flying Colors), 1974 Ltd Ed Litho, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
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1970s Modern Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Convection (Braniff Flying Colors), 1974 Ltd Ed Lithograph, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
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1970s Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Beastie (Braniff Flying Colors), 1974 Ltd Ed Lithograph, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
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1970s Modern Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Braniff Airlines Flying Colors, Five 1974 Ltd Ed Lithos, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Sky Swirl (Braniff Flying Colors), 1974 Ltd Ed Lithograph, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Sky Bird (Braniff Flying Colors), 1974 Ltd Ed Lithograph, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

"Flying Colors" framed, signed lithograph by Alexander Calder. Edition 11 of 100
By Alexander Calder
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Framed "Flying Colors" lithograph by Alexander Calder. Signed Calder in lower right corner. Edition 11 of 100.
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Beastie (Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairfield, CT
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 Condit...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection (5 artworks)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Title(s): Sky Swirl; Sky Bird; Convection; Beastie; Friendship (from the Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection) Year: 1974 Mediu...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Friendship, Plate X (Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Title: Friendship, Plate X (Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection) Year: 1973 Medium: Color lithograph on Arches paper Size: 28...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Convection (from the Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Title: Convection (from the Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection) Year: 1974 Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper Size: 20 x 26 ...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Friendship (from the Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Title: Friendship (from the Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection) Year: 1974 Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper Size: 20 x 26 ...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Sky Swirl (from the Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Title: Sky Swirl (from the Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection) Year: 1974 Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper Size: 20 x 26 i...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Sky Bird (from the Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Title: Sky Bird (from the Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection) Year: 1974 Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper Size: 20 x 26 in...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Calder signed lithographic poster, 'South America with Flying Colors'
By Alexander Calder
Located in Woodbury, CT
Initialed C A and hand-signed Calder '73. Stamped C A 1000 / 890. In 1972, advertising executive George Stanley Gordon approached Alexander Calder (1898-1976) about using full-sized...
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Vintage 1970s American Prints

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Paint

Alexander Calder 'Flying Colors’ Lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Convection from 'Flying Colors’, Lithograph printed in colors, 1974, on wove paper with full margins printed to the edge, framed.
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Vintage 1970s American Prints

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Paper

  • Alexander Calder 'Flying Colors’ Lithograph
  • Alexander Calder 'Flying Colors’ Lithograph
  • Alexander Calder 'Flying Colors’ Lithograph
  • Alexander Calder 'Flying Colors’ Lithograph
H 20.08 in. W 25.99 in. L 20.08 in.
Flying Colors for Braniff Airlines, Lithograph by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
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 6...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Skybird (Braniff Flying Colors), 1974 Ltd Ed Lithograph, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Beastie (Braniff Flying Colors), 1974 Ltd Ed Lithograph, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
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1970s Modern Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Skybird (Braniff Flying Colors), 1974 Ltd Ed Lithograph, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Skybird (Braniff Flying Colors), 1974 Ltd Ed Lithograph, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Braniff Airlines Flying Colors, Five 1974 Ltd Ed Lithos, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Braniff Airlines Flying Colors, Five 1974 Ltd Ed Lithos, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Braniff Airlines Flying Colors, Five 1974 Ltd Ed Lithos, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Flying Colors
By Alexander Calder
Located in Phoenix, AZ
lithograph edition 88 of 100 37.25 x 48 x 1.5 inches; framed signature on face, bottom right corner, in pencil edition on face, bottom left corner, in pencil
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Beastie (Flying Colors Collection)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Title: Beastie (Flying Colors Collection) Year: 1974 Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper Size: 20 x 26 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: P...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Sunburst from Flying Colors
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Alexander Calder, American (1898 - 1976) Title: Sunburst from Flying Colors Year: 1974 Medium: Lithograph, signed in the plate Size: 20 in. x 26 in. (50.8 cm x 66.04 cm) Fram...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Flying Colors Collection (5 artworks)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Title: Flying Colors Collection (Five Artworks); 1) "Skyswirl," 2) "Skybird," 3) "Convection," 4) "Beastie," 5) "Friendship.” Year: 1974 Medium: ...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection (5 artworks)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Title: 1) "Skyswirl," 2) "Skybird," 3) "Convection," 4) "Beastie," 5) "Friendship.” (Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection) Year...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Skybird (Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Title: Skybird (Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection) Year: 1974 Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper Size: 20 x 26 inches Condit...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Flying Colors - Rings, 1974 - Original lithograph, Signed
By Alexander Calder
Located in Paris, FR
Alexander CALDER Flying Colors - Rings, 1974 Original Lithograph Printed signature in the plate On vellum 66 x 51 cm (c. 26 x 20 inch) Authenticated by the blind stamp of the editor...
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1970s American Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Flying Colors - Blue Balls, 1974 - Original lithograph, Signed
By Alexander Calder
Located in Paris, FR
Alexander CALDER Flying Colors - Blue Balls, 1974 Original Lithograph Printed signature in the plate On vellum 66 x 51 cm (c. 26 x 20 inch) Authenticated by the blind stamp of the e...
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1970s American Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Flying Colors - Wild Animal, 1974 - Original lithograph, Signed
By Alexander Calder
Located in Paris, FR
Alexander CALDER Flying Colors - Wild Animal, 1974 Original Lithograph Printed signature in the plate On vellum 66 x 51 cm (c. 26 x 20 inch) Authenticated by the blind stamp of the ...
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1970s American Modern Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Flying Colors - Wild Animal, 1974 - Original lithograph, Signed
By Alexander Calder
Located in Paris, FR
Alexander CALDER Flying Colors - Wild Animal, 1974 Original Lithograph Printed signature in the plate On vellum 66 x 51 cm (c. 26 x 20 inch) Authenticated by the blind stamp of the ...
Category

1970s American Modern Animal Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Flying Colors for Braniff Airlines, Lithograph by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
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...
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1970s Modern Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Friendship (Braniff Flying Colors), 1974 Ltd Ed Litho, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
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1970s Modern Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Original Alexander Calder Litho from the Flying Colors Collection, 1975
By Alexander Calder
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful litho in excellent condition like new, never framed or used nice bright colors with embossed watermark, unframed.
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20th Century American Post-Modern Prints

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Paper

Beastie (Braniff Flying Colors), 1974 Ltd Ed Lithograph, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
Category

1970s Modern Animal Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Flying Colors for Braniff Airlines, Abstract Lithography by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
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...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Convection (Braniff Flying Colors), 1974 Ltd Ed Lithograph, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
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1970s Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Convection (Braniff Flying Colors),1974 Ltd Ed Lithograph, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
Category

1970s Expressionist Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Convection (Braniff Flying Colors),1974 Ltd Ed Lithograph, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
Category

1970s Expressionist Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Skybird (Braniff Flying Colors), 1974 Ltd Ed Lithograph, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Skybird (Braniff Flying Colors), 1974 Ltd Ed Lithograph, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Flying Colors for Braniff Airlines, Abstract Lithography by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
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...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Sky Bird (Braniff Flying Colors), 1974 Ltd Ed Lithograph, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
Category

1970s Modern Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Sky Swirl (Braniff Flying Colors), 1974 Ltd Ed Lithograph, Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
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 animat...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Flying Colors 4
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Alexander Calder, American (1898 - 1976) Title: Flying Colors 4 Year: 1974 Medium: Lithograph, signed in the plate Size: 20 in. x 26 in. (50.8 cm x 66.04 cm) Frame Size: 21.5...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Flying Colors 2
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Alexander Calder, American (1898 - 1976) Title: Flying Colors 2 Year: 1974 Medium: Lithograph, signed in the plate Size: 20 in. x 26 in. (50.8 cm x 66.04 cm) Frame Size: 21.5...
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1960s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Flying Colors 1
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Alexander Calder, American (1898 - 1976) Title: Flying Colors 1 Year: 1974 Medium: Lithograph, signed in the plate Size: 20 in. x 26 in. (50.8 cm x 66.04 cm) Frame Size: 21.5...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Skybird (Flying Colors Collection)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Title: Skybird (Flying Colors Collection) Year: 1974 Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper Size: 20 x 26 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: Pl...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

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Alexander Calder Biography and Important Works

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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