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Alexander Calder Art

Alexander Calder (USA, 1898–1976)
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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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 Art

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Metal, Wire

Two Half Disks
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Title: Two Half Disks Year: 1971 Medium: Lithograph in colors on wove paper Edition: 95, plus proofs Size: 29.5 x 43 inches Condition: Excellent ...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Spirale rouge et Bleu
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Title: Untitled (Spirals and Forms) Year: Circa 1965 Medium: Lithograph in colors on wove paper Edition: 75, plus proofs Size: 43 x 29.38 inches ...
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1960s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder Derrière le Miroir lithograph (1960s Calder prints)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Original 1960s Alexander Calder lithograph: Dimensions: 11 x 15 inches. Portfolio: Derriere Le Miroir. Published by: Galerie Maeght, Paris, 1968. Minor signs of handling in a coup...
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1960s Contemporary Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

1960s Alexander Calder lithograph (Calder Derrière le Miroir)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Original 1960s Alexander Calder lithograph: Dimensions: 11 x 15 inches. Portfolio: Derriere Le Miroir. Published by: Galerie Maeght, Paris, 1968. Minor signs of handling in a coup...
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1960s Contemporary Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder Derrière le Miroir lithograph (1960s Calder prints)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Original 1960s Alexander Calder lithograph: Dimensions: 11 x 15 inches. Portfolio: Derriere Le Miroir. Published by: Galerie Maeght, Paris, 1968. Minor signs of handling in a coup...
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1960s Contemporary Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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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...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

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 Art

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Metal, Wire

The Palm Tree
By Alexander Calder
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Alexander Calder. "The Palm Tree" is an oil on canvas painting executed in a bright palette primarily of blues, red, yellow, orange and black and depicting an abstracte...
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1940s Post-War Alexander Calder Art

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Canvas, Oil

Jerusalem Stabile (Intermediate Maquette)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A sculpture by Alexander Calder. "Jerusalem Stabile (Intermediate Maquette)" is an abstract sculpture, painted steel in a bold red by Post-War American artist Alexander Calder. The w...
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Late 20th Century Post-War Alexander Calder Art

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Steel

Les Trois Oeufs
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
An original hand-signed Alexander Calder lithograph print. Alexander Calder, (American, 1898-1976) Les Trois Oeufs, 1974 Hand-Signed and numbered in pencil Lithograph in colors 26/7...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder Las Vegas card players lithograph (Calder prints)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Alexander Calder Card Players Lithograph 1975: Lithograph in colors; 11 x 15 inches. Very good overall vintage condition. Unsigned from an edition of unknown. Portfolio: Derrière le...
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1970s Pop Art Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder Card Players lithograph (Derriere Le Miroir)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Vintage original Alexander Calder Card Players Lithograph 1975: Lithograph in colors. 15 x 22 inches. Center fold-line as originally issued; very good overall condition for its ag...
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1970s Contemporary Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Composition - Original Lithograph by Alexander Calder - 1968
By Alexander Calder
Located in Roma, IT
Composition is an original lithograph realized by Alexander Calder in 1968 for the Art Magazine "Derrière Le Mirror" no. 173. Printed by Atelier Maeght The artwork shows abstract s...
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1960s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Paper, Lithograph

Composition - Original Lithography by Alexander Calder - 1968
By Alexander Calder
Located in Roma, IT
Composition is an original lithography print realized by Alexander Calder in 1968 for the Art Magazine "Derrière Le Miroir", no. 173. Good conditions. On the back of the artwork th...
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1960s Contemporary Alexander Calder Art

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Paper, 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, plus proofs Signed and numbered in pencil...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Composition - Original Lithograph by Alexander Calder - 1968
By Alexander Calder
Located in Roma, IT
Composition is an original lithography print realized by Alexander Calder in 1968 for the Art Magazine "Derrière Le Mirror" no. 173. Printed by Atelier Maeght. The artwork shows ab...
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1960s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Paper, Lithograph

Alexander Calder - Pyramid on a Planet - Original Handsigned Lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Alexander Calder - Pyramid on a Planet - Original Handsigned Lithograph 1973 signed in pencil and numbered Edition : 15/150 Dimensions: 72 x 52 cm Provenance : Private collection F...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Composition - Lithograph by Alexander Calder - 1968
By Alexander Calder
Located in Roma, IT
Composition is an original lithograph realized by Alexander Calder in 1968 and included in the Art Magazine "Derrière Le Mirror" no. 173. The artwork shows abstract shapes in vivid ...
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1960s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Paper, 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...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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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: 21.25 x 17.25 inches Image Size: 11 x 15 inches Sh...
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1960s Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Plate 2, from 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: 27 3/4 x 20 3/4 inches Image Size: 22 x 15 inches ...
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1960s Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Dancer - Original Lithograph by Alexander Calde - 1968
By Alexander Calder
Located in Roma, IT
Dancer from is a black an original white lithograph realized realized by Alexander Calder for the Art Magazine Derrière Le Miroir no. 173, 1968. Printed by Ateliers de Maeght, Paris...
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1960s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Paper, 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 Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Cover for "Derriere Le Miroir" no 178 - Original Lithograph by A. Calder - 1968
By Alexander Calder
Located in Roma, IT
Cover for "Derriere Le Miroir" is an original lithograph realized by Alexander Calder in 1968 for the no. 173 of the Art Magazine "Derriere Le Miroir". Printed by Ateliers de Maeght...
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1960s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Spiders Nest, Hand-Signed, Limited Edition Lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Alexander Calder, (American, 1898-1976) Spiders Nest, 1975 Hand-Signed Lithograph in colors on wove paper 74.9 x 109.3 cm. (29.5 x 43 in.) sheet 29 1/2 x 43in Edition of 95
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1970s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Untitled, Hand-Signed Limited Edition Lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Alexander Calder, (American, 1898-1976) Untitled, La Memoire Elementaire, 1976 Hand-signed Lithograph in colors on wove paper S. 28 3/8 x 20 1/2 in (72.1 x 52.1 cm) Ed. 100
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1970s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Untitled, Hand-Signed Limited Edition Lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Alexander Calder, (American, 1898-1976) La Memoire Elementaire, 1976 Hand-signed Lithograph in colors on wove paper Paper size: 52 x 72 cm. / 20.5 x 28.4 in. Ed. 100
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1970s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

The Onion, Lithograph by Alexander Calder 1966
By Alexander Calder
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Alexander Calder, American (1898 - 1976) Title: The Onion from Derriere Le Miroir Year: 1966 Medium: Lithograph Size: 14.5 x 10 in. (36.83 x 25.4 cm) Frame Size: 20 x 16 inch...
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1960s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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Gouache

"Mobiles de Calder - Galerie Maeght" Original Vintage Exhibition Poster
By Alexander Calder
Located in Boston, MA
A beautiful original lithograph for Calder's 1954 exhibition at the Galerie Maeght of his Mobiles, a new type of sculpture with free-moving parts. The term was coined by Marcel Ducha...
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1950s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Balanced Spiral - American Abstract Spiral Post War
By Alexander Calder
Located in London, GB
ALEXANDER CALDER 1898-1976 Lawnton, Pennsylvania 1898 - 1976 New York (American) Title: Balanced Spiral, 1969 Technique: Signed and Dated Gouache and Ink on MBM Arches France Wove ...
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1960s Alexander Calder Art

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Ink, Gouache

The Yellow Shock Absorber - Gouache American Kinetic Art Post War
By Alexander Calder
Located in London, GB
ALEXANDER CALDER 1898-1976 Lawnton, Pennsylvania 1898 - 1976 New York (American) Title: The Yellow Shock Absorber, 1969 Technique: Original Signed and Dated Gouache and Waterc...
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1960s Kinetic Alexander Calder Art

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Gouache

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 Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Untitled, from Magie Eolienne Portfolio, 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 Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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Aquatint

Untitled (Spirals and Forms)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Title: Untitled (Spirals and Forms) Year: Circa 1965 Medium: Lithograph in colors on wove paper Edition: 125, plus proofs Size: 26 x 38 inches Co...
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1960s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Blue Sun
By Alexander Calder
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed lithograph on Arches paper by American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) titled "Blue Sun", 1971. Hand pencil signed by Calder lower right and numbered lower lef...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder Lithograph Derriere le miroir (Calder prints)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Vintage original Alexander Calder Three Legged Man Lithograph 1975: Lithograph in colors. 15 x 11 inches. Very good overall vintage condition. Unsigned from an edition of unknown. ...
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1970s Contemporary Alexander Calder Art

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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...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Atelier Mourlot by Alexander Calder, 1967 Original Lithographic poster
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Arches Paper - Perfect Condition A+ When The Mourlot Studio opened a branch in New York City, after a successful exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institute in 1963, it commis...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (Plate 1) DLM
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Untitled (Plate 1) DLM Color lithograph, 1963 Unsigned (as usual) From: Derriere le Miroir, No. 141 Edition: 1500? Published by A. Maeght, Paris Image/sheet size: 14 7/8 x 11 inches...
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1960s American Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (Plate 2) DLM
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Untitled (Plate 2) DLM Color lithograph, 1963 Unsigned (as issued) From: Derriere le Miroir, No. 141 Edition: 1500? Published by A. Maeght, Paris Printer: Mourlot Freres, Paris Not...
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1960s American Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Soleil sur la Vagues (Red Sun Above the Waves), 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 Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Composition aux formes Géométriques
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Lithograph Title: Composition aux formes Géométriques Year: 1965 Edition: 13/90 Framed Size: 31 1/2" x 23 1/4" Sheet Size: 29 5/8" x 21" Signed: Sign...
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1970s Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Balloons - Original lithograph - Mourlot, 1971
By Alexander Calder
Located in Paris, FR
Alexander Calder Balloons and Color Mosaic, 1971 Original Lithograph (4 color stones) Printed in Mourlot workshop On vellum 31 x 24 cm (c. 12,2 x 9,5 in) Edited by San Lazzaro in 1...
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1970s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder 1970s lithograph Derrière le miroir (Calder prints)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Alexander Calder Lithograph 1973: Lithograph in colors; 11 x 15 inches. Very good overall vintage condition. Unsigned from an edition of unknown. Portfolio: Derrière le miroir Publi...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Vintage 1970s Alexander Calder lithograph (Calder three legged man)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Vintage original 1970s Alexander Calder Lithograph: 11x15 inches. Very good overall vintage condition. Unsigned from an edition of unknown. Published by: Galerie Maeght, Paris, 19...
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1970s Pop Art Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder lithograph 1970s (Calder card player)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
1970s Alexander Calder Card Player Lithograph: Lithograph in colors; 1975. 11 x 15 inches. Very good overall vintage condition with bright colors. Unsigned from an edition of unknow...
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1970s Pop Art Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

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