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"Rire jaune" 1976 signed gouache and ink on paper artwork by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Gouache and ink on paper artwork of horses by Alexander Calder framed under glass in gold leaf frame. Signed and dated "Calder 76" in lower right corner. Image size is 29 3/8 x 43 1/...
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1970s Modern Animal Paintings

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Paper, Ink, Gouache

"Composition with Circles" framed signed lithograph by Alexander Calder.
By Alexander Calder
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Beautifully framed "Composition with Circles" lithograph by Alexander Calder. Hand-numbered 9/100 in lower left corner. Hand-signed Calder in lower right corner.
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

"Orange Ciel" framed signed lithograph by Alexander Calder. Edition EA.
By Alexander Calder
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Orange Ciel" framed lithograph by Alexander Calder. Hand-lettered EA on front lower left corner. Hand-signed Calder on front lower right corner. From edition of 100.
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

"Spirale Imaginatif" framed signed lithograph by Alexander Calder. Edition EA.
By Alexander Calder
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Spirale Imaginatif" framed lithograph by Alexander Calder. Hand-letter EA on front lower left corner. Hand-signed Calder in front lower right corner. From an edition of 90.
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder Friendship
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Alexander Calder Friendship Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Friendship Portfolio: Flying Colors Year: 1974 Edition: Open Signed: In the stone Framed Size:...
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1970s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder Skyswirl
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Alexander Calder Skyswirl Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Skyswirl Portfolio: Flying Colors Year: 1974 Edition: Open Signed: In the stone Framed Size: 33"...
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1970s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

"Potpourri en Ciel" framed signed lithograph by Alexander Calder. Edition EA.
By Alexander Calder
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Potpourri en Ciel" framed lithograph by Alexander Calder. Hand-lettered EA on lower left front. Hand-signed Calder on lower right front. From an edition of 90.
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

"Les Pyramides Grandes" framed signed lithograph by Alexander Calder. Edition EA
By Alexander Calder
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Les Pyramides Grandes" framed lithograph by Alexander Calder. Hand-lettered EA on lower left front. Hand-signed Calder on lower right front. From edition of 75.
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

"Pyramids at Night" framed signed lithograph by Alexander Calder. Edition EA.
By Alexander Calder
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Pyramids at Night" framed lithograph by Alexander Calder. Hand-lettered EA on lower left front. Hand-signed Calder on lower right front. From an edition of 100.
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

"Dolphin" framed signed lithograph by Alexander Calder. EA from edition of 75.
By Alexander Calder
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Dolphin" framed lithograph by Alexander Calder. Hand-numbered EA in lower left corner. Hand-signed Calder in lower right corner. From an edition of 75.
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1970s Modern Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"Lion Tamer" framed signed lithograph by Alexander Calder. Edition EA of 100.
By Alexander Calder
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Lion Tamer" framed lithograph by Alexander Calder. Hand-lettered EA in lower left front corner. Hand-signed Calder in lower right front corner. From an edition of 100.
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1970s Modern Animal 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

"L'Etoile" framed signed lithograph by Alexander Calder. EA from edition of 75
By Alexander Calder
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"L'Etoile" framed lithograph by Alexander Calder. Hand-lettered EA on lower left front. Hand-signed Calder on lower right front. From an edition of 75.
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

"Puppet Man" framed signed lithograph by Alexander Calder. EA from edition of 75
By Alexander Calder
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Puppet Man" framed lithograph by Alexander Calder. Hand-lettered EA on lower left front. Hand-signed Calder on lower right front. From an edition of 75.
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1960s Modern Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder, 'Untitled' Gouache, 1967
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Alexander Calder's, 'Untitled' work is a beautiful and iconic piece, The playful nature of his choice of shapes and linework is thoroughly reminiscent of his bold style and kinetic e...
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1960s Kinetic Prints and Multiples

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Paint

Three Acrobats, Lithograph by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
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 ...
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1970s Modern Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Damier, Abstract Lithograph by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
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
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1960s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Dice, Gouache Painting by Alexander Calder 1974
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: Dice Year: 1974 Medium: Gouache on Canson Lavis Paper, signed and dated lower right (titled, verso) Paper Size: 29 x 42 inches Frame: 37 x 51 inches ...
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1970s Modern Figurative Paintings

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Gouache

Rayons Noirs - Original Lithograph by Alexander Calder - 1976
By Alexander Calder
Located in Roma, IT
Rayons noirs is an original colored lithograph realized by Alexander Calder in 1976. Not signed. Published on "Derriere Le Miroir" no. 221. Rare limited edition issued especially fo...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Two Acrobats from Derriere le Miroir, Lithograph by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Alexander Calder, American (1898 - 1976) Title: Two Acrobats 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...
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1970s Modern Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Stablies from Derrier le Miroir, Abstract Lithograph by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Alexander Calder, American (1898 - 1976) Title: Stabiles VI from Derriere Le Miroir Year: 1963 Medium: Lithograph Image Size: 14.5 x 10.5 inches Size: 15 x 11 in. (38.1 x 2...
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1960s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

"Maeght Editeur," Original Color Lithograph Poster signed by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Maeght Editeur" is an original color lithograph poster signed by Alexander Calder. This poster was for an exhibit on Alexander Calder's work in Paris, France. It depicts a black tre...
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1970s Post-Modern Landscape Prints

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Lithograph

"Untitled (Giraffes)" lithograph by Sandra Calder Davidson. Hand signed.
By Sandra Calder Davidson
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Untitled (Giraffes)" lithograph by artist and children's book author Sandra Calder Davidson. Hand numbered 94/100 in front lower left corner. Hand signed Sandra C. Davidson in front...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"Revenge" original lithograph by children's book author Sandra Calder Davidson
By Sandra Calder Davidson
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Revenge" original colored lithograph by artist and chldren's book author Sandra Calder Davidson. Hand numbered 39/200 in front lower left corner. Hand signed Sandra Calder Davidson ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"Untitled (Parrot)" lithograph by children's book author Sandra Calder Davidson.
By Sandra Calder Davidson
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Untitled (Parrot)" colored lithograph by children's book author and artist Sandra Calder Davidson. Artist's proof. Hand numbered AP XIV/XX in front lower left corner. Hand signed Sa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"The Gastronome" original lithograph by Sandra Calder Davidson. Hand signed.
By Sandra Calder Davidson
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"The Gastronome" original colored lithograph by artist and children's book author Sandra Calder Davidson of a shark eating dinner. Hand numbered 2/200 in front lower left corner. Han...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"Untitled (Pig Dancing)" lithograph by Sandra Calder Davidson. Artist's proof.
By Sandra Calder Davidson
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Untitled (Pig Dancing)" colored lithograph by artist and children's book author Sandra Calder Davidson. Artist's proof. Hand numbered AP XIX/XX in front lower left corner. Hand sign...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"SAM" lithograph by children's book author and artist Sandra Calder Davidson
By Sandra Calder Davidson
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"SAM" lithograph by artist and children's book author Sandra Calder Davidson. Hand numbered 2/100 in front lower left corner. Hand signed Sandra C. Davidson in front lower right corn...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"Tapestry" Framed Exhibition Poster
By Alexander Calder
Located in Clinton Twp, MI
"Tapestry" Exhibition Poster by the artist ALEXANDER CALDER (American, 1898-1976). The piece measures 20 x 26 inches framed. The print is plate-signed. The date of creation is unknow...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Homage to Calder - contemporary art work, design tribute to Alexander Calder
By Volker Kuhn
Located in Hamburg, DE
"Homage to Calder Swings" is an original mixed media artwork by Volker Kuhn. The work is hand-signed and numbered by the artist below the artwork on the mat. It is a witty reference ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Assemblage Mixed Media

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Wood, Mixed Media, Acrylic

Skybird
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Alexander Calder Skybird Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Skybird Portfolio: Flying Colors Year: 1974 Edition: Open Signed: In the stone Framed Size: 33" x...
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1970s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Beastie
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Alexander Calder Beastie Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Beastie Portfolio: Flying Colors Year: 1974 Edition: Open Signed: In the stone Framed Size: 33" x...
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1970s Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Plate 4, from Derriere Le Miroir #173
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Alexander Calder Derriere le Miroir #173 (Plate 4) Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Derriere le Miroir #173 (Plate 4) Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #173 Ye...
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1960s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Convection
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Alexander Calder Convection Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Convection Portfolio: Flying Colors Year: 1974 Edition: Open Signed: In the stone Framed Size:...
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1970s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Derrier from Derriere Le Miroir
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Alexander Calder, American (1898 - 1976) Title: Derrier from Derriere Le Miroir Year: 1968 Medium: Lithograph Size: 15 x 11 in. (38.1 x 27.94 cm) Frame Size: 23 x 19 inches ...
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1960s Modern Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Untitled, 1964
By Alexander Calder
Located in Oakland Hills, CA
Renowned for his mobiles, Alexander Calder applies the same principles of movement found in his sculptural works in this gouache work titled Untitled, 1964. Vertical yellow stripes c...
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1960s Modern Abstract Paintings

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Ink, Gouache

Red and Blue Spheres, from Derriere le Miroir #201
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Lithograph Title: Red and Blue Spheres Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #201 Year: 1973 Edition: Unnumbered Framed Size: 19 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches Sheet Si...
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1960s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Plate 5, from Derriere Le Miroir #141 (Stabiles)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Derriere le Miroir #141 (Plate 5) Portfolio: Derriere Le Miroir #141 (Stabiles) Year: 1963 Edition: Unnumbered Signed: No ...
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1960s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Derriere Le Miroir #141 (Stabiles)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Stabiles Portfolio: Derriere Le Miroir #141 (Stabiles) Year: 1963 Edition: Unnumbered Framed Size: 22" x 29" Sheet Size: 1...
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1960s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Derriere le Miroir #141 (Stabiles V)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Alexander Calder Derriere le Miroir #141 (Stabiles V) Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Stabiles V, Derriere le Miroir #141 Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #1...
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1960s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Derriere le Miroir #201
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
CUSTOM FRAMING SERVICES EXHIBITS RESOURCES CONTACT Alexander Calder Derriere le Miroir #201 Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Derriere le Miroir #201 Portf...
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1970s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Plate 4, from Derriere le Miroir #141 (Stabiles)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Derriere le Miroir #141 (Plate 4) Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #141 (Stabiles) Year: 1963 Edition: Unnumbered Framed Size...
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1960s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Cover (Derriere le Miroir #173)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Cover Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #173 Year: 1968 Edition: Unnumbered Signed: No Framed Size: 17 1/4" x 21 1/4" Image Si...
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1960s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Derriere le Miroir #173 (Plate 2)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Derriere le Miroir #173 (Plate 2) Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #173 Year: 1968 Edition: Unnumbered Framed Size: 21 3/4 x ...
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1960s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Derriere le Miroir #173 (Plate 3)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Alexander Calder Derriere le Miroir #173 (Plate 3) Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Derriere le Miroir #173 (Plate 3) Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #173 Ye...
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1960s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Untitled, from Derriere le Miroir #173
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: lithograph Title: Untitled from Derriere le Miroir #173 Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #173 Year: 1968 Edition: Unnumbered from an edition of unknown,...
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1960s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Cover, Derriere le Miroir #201
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Lithograph Title: Cover Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #201 Year: 1973 Edition: Unnumbered Framed Size: 19 x 15 inches Sheet Size: 15 x 11 inches Sign...
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1960s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Derriere le Miroir #201
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Lithograph Title: Derriere le Miroir #201 Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #201 Year: 1973 Edition: Unnumbered Framed Size: 20 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches Sheet...
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1960s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Derriere le Miroir #221
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Lithograph in colors Title: Derriere le Miroir #221 Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #221 Year: 1975 Edition: Unnumbered Image Size: 11" x 15" Sheet Siz...
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1970s Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Presenza Grafica
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Large, scarce limited edition color aquatint by Alexander Calder, from a limited edition of 90. Signed by Calder and numbered in pencil. Printed and published by 2RC Edizioni d'Art...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Aquatint

  • Presenza Grafica
  • Presenza Grafica
H 36 in. W 37.50 in. D 2 in.
Derriere Le Miroir #156
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #156 Year: 1966 Edition: Unnumbered Framed Size: 21.25 x 17.25 inches Image Size: 11 x 15 inches Sh...
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1960s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Derriere le Miroir #201
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Lithograph Title: Derriere le Miroir #201 Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #201 Year: 1973 Edition: Unnumbered Framed Size: 21 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches Sheet...
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1960s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Plate 1, from Derriere Le Miroir #156
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Alexander Calder Derriere le Miroir #156 (Plate 1) Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Derriere le Miroir #156 (Plate 1) Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #156 Ye...
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1960s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Plate 7, from Derriere Le Miroir #141 (Stabiles)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Derriere le Miroir #141 (Plate 7) Portfolio: Derriere Le Miroir #141 (Stabiles) Year: 1963 Edition: Unnumbered Signed: No ...
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1960s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Waves, from Derriere le Miroir #156
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Waves Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #156 Year: 1966 Framed Size: 18 x 22 inches Image Size: 11 x 15 inches Sheet Size: 11 ...
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1960s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Derriere le Miroir #141 (Plate 6)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Alexander Calder Derriere le Miroir #141 (Plate 6) Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Derriere le Miroir #141 (Plate 6) Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #141 Ye...
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1960s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Derriere le Miroir #201
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Alexander Calder Derriere le Miroir #201 Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Derriere le Miroir #201 Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #201 Year: 1973 The public...
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1960s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Plate 1, from Derriere le Miroir #141 (Stabiles)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Lithograph Title: Derriere le Miroir #141 (Plate 1) Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #141 (Stabiles) Year: 1963 Edition: Unnumbered Framed Size: 20 3/4 ...
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1960s Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Damier from Derriere Le Miroir #156
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Alexander Calder Damier from Derriere Le Miroir #156 Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Damier Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #156 Year: 1966 Edition: Unnumbe...
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1960s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

The Large Pyramids
By Alexander Calder
Located in San Francisco, CA
Original lithograph in color. Signed and inscribed "EA" in pencil, lower margin. A fine artist's proof impression of this large lithograph with strong colors; aside from the edit...
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1970s Modern Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

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Calder Framed For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the calder framed you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. If you’re looking to add a calder framed to create new energy in an otherwise neutral space in your home, you can find a work on 1stDibs that features elements of gray, beige, white and more. Artworks like these — often created in lithograph — can elevate any room of your home. A large calder framed can be an attractive addition to some spaces, while smaller examples are available — approximately spanning 18.25 high and 14.25 wide — and may be better suited to a more modest living area.

How Much is a Calder Framed?

The price for a calder framed in our collection starts at $250 and tops out at $6,500 with the average selling for $1,500.

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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Finding the Right Prints and Multiples for You

Decorating with fine-art prints — whether they’re figurative prints, abstract prints or another variety — has always been a practical way of bringing a space to life as well as bringing works by an artist you love into your home.

Pursued in the 1960s and ’70s, largely by Pop artists drawn to its associations with mass production, advertising, packaging and seriality, as well as those challenging the primacy of the Abstract Expressionist brushstroke, printmaking was embraced in the 1980s by painters and conceptual artists ranging from David Salle and Elizabeth Murray to Adrian Piper and Sherrie Levine.

Printmaking is the transfer of an image from one surface to another. An artist takes a material like stone, metal, wood or wax, carves, incises, draws or otherwise marks it with an image, inks or paints it and then transfers the image to a piece of paper or other material.

Fine-art prints are frequently confused with their more commercial counterparts. After all, our closest connection to the printed image is through mass-produced newspapers, magazines and books, and many people don’t realize that even though prints are editions, they start with an original image created by an artist with the intent of reproducing it in a small batch. Fine-art prints are created in strictly limited editions — 20 or 30 or maybe 50 — and are always based on an image created specifically to be made into an edition.

Many people think of revered Dutch artist Rembrandt as a painter but may not know that he was a printmaker as well. His prints have been preserved in time along with the work of other celebrated printmakers such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol. These fine-art prints are still highly sought after by collectors.

“It’s another tool in the artist’s toolbox, just like painting or sculpture or anything else that an artist uses in the service of mark making or expressing him- or herself,” says International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) vice president Betsy Senior, of New York’s Betsy Senior Fine Art, Inc.

Because artist’s editions tend to be more affordable and available than his or her unique works, they’re more accessible and can be a great opportunity to bring a variety of colors, textures and shapes into a space.

For tight corners, select small fine-art prints as opposed to the oversized bold piece you’ll hang as a focal point in the dining area. But be careful not to choose something that is too big for your space. And feel free to lean into it if need be — not every work needs picture-hanging hooks. Leaning a larger fine-art print against the wall behind a bookcase can add a stylish installation-type dynamic to your living room. (Read more about how to arrange wall art here.)

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