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Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

American, 1898-1976
American, 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 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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Creator:Alexander Calder
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 Wall Decorations

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Paper

Alexander Calder Color Poster Abstract Modernism Asymetrie Tree Lithograph 1972
By Alexander Calder
Located in National City, CA
Calder Color Poster Vivid color poster abstract modernism Asymetrie Tree lithograph by Alexander Calder, Calder 72 Aluminum frame with plastic cover. Artist signed. Dimensions: 32 .2...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Aluminum

Alexander Calder Original Color lithograph '1971', Derrière le Miroir no. 37
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Alexander Calder (USA, 1898-1976). Figure composition from DLM - no. 37, color lithograph 1971. It is framed and ready to be The "Behind the Mirror" Review was an art and literary ...
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1970s French Modern Vintage Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Paper

Alexander Calder Tapestry Sun, 1974
By Alexander Calder
Located in Paris, FR
A Tapestry « Sun » by the American artist Alexander Calder (1998-1976), in hand-woven maguey fiber, made by CAC Publications/Bon Art, Guatemala, dated, “74”, monogrammed “CA”, number...
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1970s American Vintage Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Natural Fiber

Alexander Calder Color Lithograph, 1975, Sun from Our Unfinished Revolution
By Alexander Calder
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Lithograph Title: (Untitled - Sun) Portfolio: Our Unfinished Revolution Year: 1975 Edition: 65 of 175 Sheet Size: 22 x 30 inches Signed: Signed in ...
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Late 20th Century Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Paper

Alexander Color Lithograph, 1975-76, Circles from Our Unfinished Revolution
By Alexander Calder
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Lithograph Title: (Untitled - Circles) Portfolio: Our Unfinished Revolution Year: 1975-76 Edition: 65 of 175 Sheet Size: 22 x 30 inches Sign...
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Late 20th Century Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Paper

Acrobats by Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
The Acrobats Lithograph by Calder is a rare piece. Original period frame with archival matting and paper.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Paper

Alexander Calder Ink and Gouache on Paper
By Alexander Calder
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Alexander Calder, 1898-1976 Tempete (storm) signed and dated 69 ink and gouache on paper Measures: 43.5 by 29.5 in. 110.5 by 74.9 cm. framed: 49.5 by 36.25 in. 125.7 by 92 cm...
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1960s Vintage Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Alexander Calder “FIAC- Grand Palais”
By Alexander Calder
Located in Philadelphia, PA
FIAC-Grand Palais by Alexander Calder, Unsigned 1981 Offset Lithograph.
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1980s Vintage Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Glass, Paper

“The Forest” Print by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Print of Alexander Calder’s post-war abstract painting named “The Forest”, comes encased in a black frame.
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1970s Vintage Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Glass, Paper

“Spiral” Print by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Alexander Calder spiral print.
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1970s Vintage Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Glass, Paper

Front & Back Cover of Derrière Le Minor by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Alexander Calder front and back cover of Derrière Le Minor No. 173 matted and encased in a black frame.
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Late 20th Century Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Glass, Paper

Alexander Calder Pace/Columbus exhibition Hand Lithograph, 1971
By Alexander Calder
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a rare and excellent original hand lithograph produced for the 1971 Pace/Columbus exhibition. Number 35. Acquired from the Flint Institute of Art.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Paper

Alexander Calder, Lithography, 1973
By Alexander Calder
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Signed photolithography by Alexander Calder, 1973. Stamped rotogravure reproduction of series by Bolaffiarte. Limited edition of 5000. Hand signed in pencil.  
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Paper

Alexander Calder Lithograph "Les Triangles" Derriere Le Miroir, 1963
By Alexander Calder
Located in Rochester, NY
An original Alexander Calder double page centerfold lithograph "Les Triangles" from Derriere Le Miroir, publication number 141 year 1963. Image size is 22" w x 15" h. Overall clean b...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Paper

Selection of Alexander Calder Lithographs
By Alexander Calder
Located in Atlanta, GA
Selection of Alexander Calder color lithographs, circa 1960s. They have been recently framed in clean lined black lacquered wood gallery frames. They are priced at $850 each. From le...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Glass, Wood, Paper

"Splotchy" Textile by Alexander Calder for Laverne Originals
By Alexander Calder, Laverne International
Located in Pawtucket, RI
"Splotchy" textile by Alexander Calder for Laverne Originals. Hand printed on linen. 26 ft. available The innovative husband-and-wife team Erwin and Estelle Laverne, specialized...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Fabric

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 Wall Decorations

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Paper

Original Vintage Poster, 'Calder Crags and Critters' 1975 Galerie Maeght
By Alexander Calder
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Original vintage poster, 'Calder Crags and Critters' 1975 Galerie Maeght "Alexander Calder was an American sculptor known both for his innovative mobiles that embrace chance in th...
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1930s French Modern Vintage Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Paper

1963 Alexander Calder Stabiles Lithograph for Derriere le Miroir No. 141
By Maeght, Alexander Calder
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An Alexander Calder (American, 1898 -1976) "Stabiles" color lithograph printed by Maeght, Paris; published by Derrière Le Miroir, Paris, No. 141 in 1963. Very good condition and impr...
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1960s French Modern Vintage Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Paper

1963 Alexander Calder Stabiles Lithograph for Derriere le Miroir No. 141
By Maeght, Alexander Calder
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) "Stabiles" color lithograph printed by Maeght, Paris; published by Derrière Le Miroir, Paris, No. 141 in 1963. Very good condition and impre...
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1960s French Modern Vintage Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Paper

Alexander Calder, Lithography, 1973
By Alexander Calder
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Signed photolithography by Alexander Calder, 1973. Stamped rotogravure reproduction of series by Bolaffiarte. Limited edition of 5000. Exemplary number 4886. Hand signed in pencil...
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Mid-Century Modern Calder Stabiles Paper Art Book Suite of 8 Lithographs, 1970s
By Alexander Calder
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is this 1973 paperback book with 8 lithographs by Alexander Calder. An introduction in French by James Jones, the book is also written in French and published ...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Paper

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 Wall Decorations

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Paper

Alexander Calder Etching, "Characters with Canes"
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Alexander Calder signed and numbered etching (131 / 175). "Characters with Canes" - 1975 Alexander Calder was an American artist best known for his invention of the mobile and his ...
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Calder Wall Decorations

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Glass, Wood, Paper

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Albi Calder by Alexander Calder lithograph poster Remarkable Alexander Calder lithograph encased in a silver frame. This lithograph is titled “Albi Calder and features swirling li...
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Alexander Calder wall decorations for sale on 1stDibs

Wall decorations by Alexander Calder are available for sale on 1stDibs. These unique items are often made from Paper, and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Alexander Calder wall decorations, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 20 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original wall decorations by Alexander Calder were created during the 20th century in Mid-Century Modern style in North America. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider wall decorations by Josef Albers, Robert Motherwell and Andy Warhol. The prices for Alexander Calder wall decorations can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$225 and tops out at US$195,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$2,208 on average.