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Alexander Calder (USA, 1898–1976)

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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Calder Lithograph Artist Proof
By (after) Alexander Calder
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Lithograph artist proof with Coa (Certificate of Authenticity) by Alexander Calder from a Palm Beach estate Image size is 19x x 25 high.
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Contemporary Art

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H 40 in. W 34.25 in. D 1 in.
Alexander Calder, Signed Color Lithograph, E.A. 'Artist's Proof' 1965
By Alexander Calder
Located in Van Nuys, CA
"Spirale en Trois Coleurs", 1965, a four color lithograph, signed in pencil by the artist, E.A. (Artist's Proof). It is on off-white paper, 22.75" x 30.50". The print is in excellent...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Contemporary Art

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Paper

Artist Alexander Calder in the Guggenheim gazing up at his painted jet aircraft
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
Artist Alexander Calder in the Guggenheim gazing up at his painted jet aircraft model, 1973. 13 x 19" lifetime vintage archival pigment print approved by Jack Mitchell. Comes directl...
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1970s Pop Art Black and White Photography

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Archival Pigment

Alexander Calder Lithograph, Petite Triangles Artist Edition
By Alexander Calder
Located in Westport, CT
Alexander Calder lithograph signed in pencil petite triangles artist edition.
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Mid-20th Century American Contemporary Art

Alexander Calder circa 1971 Signed Artist Proof Lithograph Balloons
By Alexander Calder
Located in Tustin, CA
Alexander Calder circa 1971 signed artist proof lithograph balloons. An artist's proof is a small group of prints set aside from an edition for an artist's or printer's use. Typic...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Contemporary Art

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Paper

For Young Artists
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
An original lithograph by Alexander Calder (American 1898 - 1976). The lithograph is hand-signed and numbered 11/150 in pencil. It is in an excellent gold-leaf frame measuring 37 x...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder pencil signed artist proof print
Located in Dallas, TX
A wonderful print pencil signed by Calder.
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Vintage 1960s American Prints

Style of Calder, "Anteater" mobile by Artist Joseph Meerbott
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Painted steel mobile, "Anteater" kinetic sculpture by Joseph Meerbott.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Kinetic Sculptures

Mobile "Circus girl" by Artist Joseph Meerbott in the Style of Calder
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Style of Calder mobile by Artist Joseph Meerbott.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Sculptures