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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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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 Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Untitled
By Alexander Calder
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A work on paper by Alexander Calder. This "Untitled" gouache and ink on paper is executed in deep orange and gray and depicts an abstracted figure and profile atop a jet plane by Mod...
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1970s American Modern Alexander Calder

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Paper, Ink, Gouache

ALEXANDER CALDER PYRAMIDS AND SUN SIGNED AND NUMBERED
By Alexander Calder
Located in Pleasanton, CA
Alexander Calder (1898-1976) has become a household name that is synonymous with twentieth-century abstract art. Calder studied in New York and later in Paris. Calder gained internat...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Alexander Calder

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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 Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Galactic System
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Alexander Calder, (American, 1898-1976) Galactic System, 1974 Signed Lithograph in colors 20 1/2 x 28 1/4 in 76/100 Alexander Calder, (American, 1898-1976) Galactic System, 1974 Sign...
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1970s Contemporary Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

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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1970s American Vintage Alexander Calder

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Paper

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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1970s American Vintage Alexander Calder

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Paper

Original gouache painting by Alexander Calder titled 'McGovern'
By Alexander Calder
Located in London, GB
This vibrant gouache of Calder’s owes its origin to the 1972 Presidential Election between Republican candidate Richard Nixon and Democratic candidate George McGovern. In the run-up ...
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20th Century American Modern Alexander Calder

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Gouache

Original gouache painting by Alexander Calder titled 'McGovern'
By Alexander Calder
Located in London, GB
This vibrant gouache by Alexander Calder owes its origin to the 1972 Presidential Election between Republican candidate Richard Nixon and Democratic candidate George McGovern. In the...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Alexander Calder

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Paper, Gouache

Alexander Calder Lithography, 1963
By Alexander Calder
Located in Los Angeles, CA
wonderful color lithography ' Dancer' from the stabiles series, printed in 1963 for Derriere le Miroir (issue number 141) by Alexander Calder from 1963, framed behind glass. This is...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Calder

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Paper

Card Players
By Alexander Calder
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A work on paper by Alexander Calder. "Card Players" is a gouache on paper painting executed in a palette of bright, primary colors and depicting three card players with smiling faces...
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1970s Post-War Alexander Calder

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Paper, Gouache

Composition - Etching & Aquatint by Alexander Calder - circa 1971
By Alexander Calder
Located in Roma, IT
Etching and aquatint realized by Alexander Calder in 1971 ca. Edition of 75 prints, numbered and hand signed in pencil. Monogram of the artist on plate lower left. Very good conditi...
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1970s Abstract Alexander Calder

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Etching, Aquatint

Red Versus Yellow
By Alexander Calder
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A sculpture by Alexander Calder. "Red Versus Yellow" is an abstract, mobile sculpture in sheet metal, wire and paint and executed in bright, primary colors by Post War artist Alexand...
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1970s Post-War Alexander Calder

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Metal, Wire

Cantilever
By Alexander Calder
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A sculpture by Alexander Calder. "Cantilever" is an abstract, mobile sculpture by Post War artist Alexander Calder. Made from sheet metal, wire and paint, "Cantilever" is executed in...
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1970s Post-War Alexander Calder

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Metal, Wire

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 Alexander Calder

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Paper

Sea Creatures (Squid) from Our Unfinished Revolution by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
An original Alexander Calder lithograph entitled “Sea Creatures (Squid)” from the “Our Unfinished Revolution” portfolio. The portfolio was published in 1976 to benefit the National ...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Abstract Composition (Assymetric) - Original Lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in Paris, FR
Alexander CALDER Abstract Composition Original lithograph Printed signature in the plate Dated (19)72 in the plate On wove paper, size 81 x 58 cm (c. 31.9 x 23 in) Edited by Maeght ...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Le Pyramide Orange
By Alexander Calder
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A work on paper by Alexander Calder. "Le Pyramide Orange" is a gouache and ink on paper executed in a brilliant palette of oranges, yellows, blue, white and black and depicting pyram...
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1970s Post-War Alexander Calder

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Paper, Ink, Gouache

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 Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

1970s Alexander Calder exhibition poster (Alexander Calder prints)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Alexander Calder Paris, c. 1976: vintage lithographic exhibition poster. An original 1st printing in very good vintage condition; stored flat, well-preserved with crisp colors. Off...
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1960s Contemporary Alexander Calder

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Lithograph, Offset

1970s Alexander Calder exhibition poster (Alexander Calder prints)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Alexander Calder Paris, c. 1970: vintage lithographic exhibition poster. An original 1st printing in very good vintage condition; stored flat, well-preserved with crisp colors. Offs...
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1960s Contemporary Alexander Calder

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Lithograph, Offset

Alexander Calder 1960s exhibition poster (1960s Alexander Calder prints)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Original Alexander Calder Musée National D'art Moderne Paris, 1965 exhibition poster: Offset lithograph. 16 x 22.75 inches. Published by Musée national d'art moderne Paris 1965. An...
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1960s Pop Art Alexander Calder

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Lithograph, Offset

Lithograph from the Portfolio Derriere le Miroir 212
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph in colors Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #212 Year: 1975 Edition: Unnumbered Framed Size: 20" x 16" Image Size: 22" x 15" Sheet Si...
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1970s Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Lithograph from the Portfolio Derriere le Miroir # 212
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph in colors Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #212 Year: 1975 Edition: Unnumbered Framed Size: 22 1/2" x 29" Image Size: 22" x 15" Shee...
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1970s Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Untitled Lithograph from the Portfolio Derriere le Miroir 212
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph in colors Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #212 Year: 1975 Edition: Unnumbered Framed Size: 20" x 16" Image Size: 22" x 15" Sheet Si...
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1970s Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Plate 5 from the Portfolio Derriere le Miroir #212
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph in colors Title: Plate 5 Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #212 Year: 1975 Edition: Unnumbered Framed Size: 22 1/2" x 29" Image Size:...
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1970s Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder lithograph Derrière le Miroir (Calder prints)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Vintage early 1970s Alexander Calder Lithograph: Portfolio: Derriere Le Miroir. Published by: Galerie Maeght, Paris, 1971. Lithograph in colors; 11 x 15 inches Some minor edge wear ...
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1960s Modern Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder Derrière le Miroir lithograph (Calder prints)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Vintage Alexander Calder Lithograph Portfolio: Derriere Le Miroir Published by: Galerie Maeght, Paris, 1971 Unsigned from an edition of unknown Excellent frame piece. Excellent ove...
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1960s Modern Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder Derrière le Miroir lithograph (1970s Calder prints)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Vintage Original Alexander Calder Lithograph: Portfolio: Derriere Le Miroir. Published by: Galerie Maeght, Paris, 1973 Medium: Lithograph in colors; 1973. Dimensions: 11 x 15 inche...
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1960s Pop Art Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder lithograph 1970s (Alexander Calder prints)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Vintage original 1970s Alexander Calder Lithograph. Published by: Galerie Maeght, Paris, 1973. Portfolio: Derriere Le Miroir. Lithograph in colors; 1973. 11 x 15 inches. Very good c...
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1960s Modern Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Skybird
By Alexander Calder
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: "Skybird" from The Flying Colors Collection, 1975 for Braniff Airlines Year: 1974 Signed in Plate Dimensions: 20" x 26" This is an original lithogra...
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1970s Abstract Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Black Pyramids
By Alexander Calder
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: Black Pyramids Date: 1970 Lithograph in colors Dimensions: 22.75 x 30.75 inches Signed and numbered 5/100 in pencil
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1970s Abstract Alexander Calder

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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 Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Derriere Le Miroir No. 201 (back cover)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph on smooth wove paper by American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) titled "Derriere Le Miroir No. 201 (back cover)", 1973. This lithograph was drawn in the w...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder Santa Claus E. E. Cummings Portfolio of Prints and Prose, 1974
By Alexander Calder
Located in Pasadena, TX
Portfolio of Alexander Calder Santa Claus prints with text by E. E. Cummings, 1974 Text in English and French Prints 82/175 EE Cummings' most successful play, Santa Claus with ...
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1970s North American Modern Vintage Alexander Calder

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Paper

Spirale Multicolore
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 43 x 29 1/2 inches Frame dimensions: 44 5/8 x 31 inches Printer and publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Edition size: 75 + proofs Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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1960s Modern Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Les Rubans
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 30 1/16 x 21 3/4 inches Frame dimensions: 31 5/8 x 23 3/8 inches Printer and publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Edition size: 75 + proofs Signed and numbered in pencil, l...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Oriflammes
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 29 1/2 x 43 1/8 inches Frame dimensions: 31 x 44 3/4 inches Printer and publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Edition size: 75 + proofs Signed and numbered in pencil, lower ...
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1960s Modern Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

l’As de Trèfle
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 25 5/8 x 19 15/16 inches Frame dimensions: 33 x 27 5/16 inches Printer and publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Edition size: 75 + proofs Signed and numbered in pencil, low...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Triangle et Quadrilatère
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 20 1/8 x 15 1/16 inches Frame dimensions: 24 1/4 x 20 3/4 inches Printer and publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Edition size: 75 + proofs Signed and numbered in pencil, lo...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Tabouret à Trois Pieds
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 29 5/8 x 22 3/4 inches Frame dimensions: 31 1/8 x 24 3/8 inches Printer and publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Edition size: 75 + proofs Signed and numbered in pencil, low...
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1960s Modern Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Spiral
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Portfolio: Magie Éolienne Sheet size: 25 1/2 x 19 5/8 inches Frame dimensions: 32 7/8 x 27 inches Printer: Arte Adrian Maeght, Paris Publisher: Société Internationale d'Art XXe Siè...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Plate 1, from Derriere Le Miroir #156
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: Plate 1 Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #156 Year: 1966 Edition: Unnumbered Framed Size: 21 x 17 inches Image Size: 11 x 15 ...
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1960s Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

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 x 17 inches Image Size: 11 x 15 inches Sheet Si...
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1960s Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

La Lune et La Montagne Jaune
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph Title: La Lune et La Montagne Jaune Portfolio: Derriere Le Miroir 121-122 Year: 1960 Framed Size: 22 x 18 1/2 inches Signed: No
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1960s Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Derrière le Miroir No. 156 (The Onion)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph on smooth wove paper by American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) titled "Derrière le Miroir No. 156 (The Onion)", 1966. Edition issued by Galerie Maeght f...
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1960s Abstract Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Spirals and Forms
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Signed and numbered in pencil
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20th Century Pop Art Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Abstract Composition - Poster - Exhibition in Albi 1971
By Alexander Calder
Located in Paris, FR
Alexander CALDER Abstract Composition Poster, 1971 Printed signature On thick paper, size 89 x 59 cm (c. 35 x 23,2 in) Mint condition Published by Maeght NOTE : Poster created for ...
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1970s Abstract Alexander Calder

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Offset

Derriere Le Miroir No. 221, 2 sided double page lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: Derriere Le Miroir No. 221. A two sided, double page lithograph from the Derriere le Miroir No. 221 publication. With vertical fold in the middle, as ...
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1950s Abstract Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Derriere Le Miroir No. 141 Cover
By Alexander Calder
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: Derriere Le Miroir No. 141, Cover Year: 1963 Dimensions: 15" x 11" Published by Maeght Editeur Excellent condition
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1950s Abstract Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Derriere Le Miroir No. 141 Stabile 1
By Alexander Calder
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: Derriere Le Miroir No. 141 A double page lithograph from the Derriere le Miroir No. 141 publication. With vertical fold in the middle, as published. ...
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1950s Abstract Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Derriere Le Miroir No. 141 Stabile 2
By Alexander Calder
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: Derriere Le Miroir No. 141, Stabile 2 A double page lithograph from the Derriere le Miroir No. 141 publication. With vertical fold in the middle, as ...
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1950s Abstract Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Derriere Le Miroir No. 113 Stabile
By Alexander Calder
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: Derriere Le Miroir No. 113 A double page lithograph from the Derriere le Miroir No. 113 publication. With vertical fold in the middle, as published. ...
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1950s Abstract Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Derriere le Miroir #248, Portrait
By Alexander Calder
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: Derriere le Miroir #248 Year: 1981 Dimensions: 15" x 11" Published by Maeght Editeur Good condition. Slight toning consistent with age.
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1950s Abstract Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Derriere le Miroir #31 Cover
By Alexander Calder
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: Derriere le Miroir #31, Cover Year: 1950 Dimensions: 15" x 11" Published by Maeght Editeur Good condition. Slight toning consistent with age.
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1950s Abstract Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Derriere le Miroir #173
By Alexander Calder
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: Derriere le Miroir #173 Year: 1968 Dimensions: 15" x 11" Published by Maeght Editeur Excellent condition
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1960s Abstract Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Derriere le Miroir #173 (Plate 3)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: Derriere le Miroir #173 (Plate 3) Year: 1968 Dimensions: 15" x 11" Published by Maeght Editeur Excellent condition
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1960s Abstract Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Composition XII, from The Elementary Memory
By Alexander Calder
Located in London, GB
ALEXANDER CALDER 1898-1976 Lawnton, Pennsylvania 1898 - 1976 New York (American) Title: Composition XII, from The Elementary Memory La mémoire élémentaire, 1976 Technique: Origin...
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1970s Kinetic Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Derriere Le Miroir No. 173 Lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: Derriere Le Miroir No. 173 Lithograph A double page lithograph from the Derriere le Miroir No. 173 publication. With vertical fold in the middle, as ...
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1970s Abstract Alexander Calder

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Lithograph

Derriere Le Miroir No. 221 Rear Cover
By Alexander Calder
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: Derriere Le Miroir No. 173 Rear Cover Year: 1968 Dimensions: 15" x 11" Published by Maeght Editeur Excellent condition
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1970s Abstract Alexander Calder

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Lithograph