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Alexander Calder Art

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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Artist: Alexander Calder
Swirl
By Alexander Calder
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: "Swirl" from The Flying Colors Collection, 1975 for Braniff Airlines Year: 1974 Signed in Plate Dimensions: 26" x 20" Sold unframed This is a lithogr...
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1970s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Composition with Red and Blue Ball - Original lithograph (Mourlot)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Paris, FR
Alexander CALDER Composition with Red and Blue Ball Original lithograph (printed in Mourlot workshop) Printed signature in the plate On Arches vellum 25 x 19 cm (c. 10 x 8 inch) Edi...
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1960s American Modern Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (Plate 5) DLM
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Unsigned (as issued) From: Derriere le Miroir, No. 141 Edition: 1500? Published by A. Maeght, Paris
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1960s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Friendship, Plate X (for Braniff International Airways), Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Title: Friendship, Plate X (Braniff International Airways Flying Colors Collection) Year: 1973 Medium: Color lithograph on Arches paper Size: 28...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Composition in Red, Yellow and Blue - lithograph - Mourlot, 1972
By Alexander Calder
Located in Paris, FR
Alexander Calder Composition in Red, Yellow and Blue, 1972 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 Laz...
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1970s 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

Pyramids at Dawn (83/100 Limited Edition Print)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Broadway, GB
Unframed dimensions specified. Signed ‘Calder’ (lower right) and numbered ‘83/100’ (lower left) This limited edition lithograph depicts a landscape scene with pyramids, and a risin...
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20th Century Abstract Geometric Alexander Calder Art

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Paper, 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 Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Derriere Le Miroir No. 221, Untitled
By Alexander Calder
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: Derriere Le Miroir No. 221, Untitled Lithograph from the Derriere le Miroir No. 221 publication. Year: 1976 Dimensions: 15" x 11" Published by Maegh...
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1970s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Derrière le Miroir No. 156 (front cover)
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 (front cover)", 1966. Edition issued by Galerie Maeght...
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1960s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Plate 3 (Derriere le Miroir # 212)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Washington, DC
Alexander Calder Plate 3 (Derriere le Miroir # 212) Artist: Alexander Calder Medium: Original lithograph in colors Title: Plate 3 Portfolio: Derriere le Miroir #212 Year: 1975 Editio...
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1970s Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

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

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Lithograph

1970s Alexander Calder poster (Calder Braniff Airlines 1976)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Alexander Calder Braniff Airlines poster 1976: Medium: Offset lithograph. Dimensions: 23 x 33 inches. An original 1st printing in very good overall vintage condition. Printed sign...
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1970s Contemporary Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph, Offset

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: 15" x 22" Sheet Siz...
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1970s Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Vive
By Alexander Calder
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Alexander Calder. "Vive" is a Post-War abstract painting, gouache and ink on paper in bold colors of reds, blacks, and blues by artist Alexander Calder. The artwork is ...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Alexander Calder Art

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Ink, Gouache

Alexander Calder - Original Lithograph - Behind the Mirror
By Alexander Calder
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Alexander Calder - Original Lithograph - Behind the Mirror 1 Original lithograph created in 1976 Dimensions: 38 x 28 cm Source: Derrière le miroir (DLM), n°221, 1976 Alexander Cald...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

La Mousson (Monsoon) - Original lithograph, Handsigned (Maeght 1965)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Paris, FR
Alexander Calder La Mousson (Monsoon), 1965 Original lithograph Handsigned in pencil Unumbered - aside from the edition of 90 On Rives vellum 76 x 55.5 cm (c. 30 x 22 in) Edited by ...
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1970s American Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder Lithographic cover Derrière le miroir 1973
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Alexander Calder Lithographic cover: Derrière le miroir 1973: Lithographic cover sheet; 15 x 11 inches. Very good overall vintage condition. Unsigned from an edition of unknown. Por...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Potpourri en Ciel, 1975, Limited Edition Lithograph, Alexander Calder - SIGNED
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

1968 Alexander Calder 'Derriere le Miroir no.173 Double Page' Surrealism
By Alexander Calder
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 15 x 22 inches ( 38.1 x 55.88 cm ) Image Size: 15 x 22 inches ( 38.1 x 55.88 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Additional Detai...
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1960s 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

1974 Alexander Calder 'La Grenouille et la Scie' Surrealism Orange,Black USA
By Alexander Calder
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 23.75 x 32 inches ( 60.325 x 81.28 cm ) Image Size: 22.5 x 32.5 inches ( 57.15 x 82.55 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A: Mint Additional Details: Translated as "The Fro...
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1970s Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Black Abstract Composition - Vintage Lithograph by Alexander Calder - 1968
By Alexander Calder
Located in Roma, IT
Black Abstract Composition is an original artwork realized by Alexander Calder for the French art magazine "Derrière Le Miroir" no. 173, 1968. Original black and white lithograph. ...
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1960s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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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" 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. Beautifully framed i...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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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: 20" x 16" Image Size: 22" x 15" Sheet Si...
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1970s Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Seahorse
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Seahorse, 1975 Signed and numbered in pencil Color lithograph 29.5 x 21.25 inches Edition 100 of 125
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1970s Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Alexander Calder - "Boomerang Tel Aviv" - colour offset lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in Winterswijk, NL
Colour offset lithograph. Placard for the International Art Fair 1977 in Tel Aviv. Signed in print. A beautiful artwork that looks good in every room and especially in the living roo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Paper, Color

Papoose
By Alexander Calder
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: Papoose Medium: Color Lithograph Year: 1969 Dimensions: 28 x 43 in Signed "Calder" lower right. Numbered 9/75 Published by Maeght, Paris Condition: Ex...
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1960s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Spiral Woman - Vintage Lithograph by Alexander Calder - 1968
By Alexander Calder
Located in Roma, IT
Spiral Woman is an original artwork realized by Alexander Calder in 1968. Original mixed colored lithograph. The artwork was the cover design for the art review "Derriere Le Miroi...
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1960s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Abstract Composition - Vintage Lithograph by Alexander Calder - 1968
By Alexander Calder
Located in Roma, IT
Abstract Composition is an original contemporary artwork realized by Alexander Calder in 1968. Original mix colored lithograph. The artwork was the cover design for the art review...
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1960s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Zigzag Sun and Crags
By Alexander Calder
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Alexander Calder. "Zigzag Sun and Crags" is a Post-War abstract painting, gouache and ink on paper in bold colors of reds, blacks, and blues by artist Alexander Calder....
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Alexander Calder Art

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Ink, Gouache

Le Bateau Lavoir (The Laundry Boat)
By Alexander Calder
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Alexander Calder Title: Le Bateau Lavoir (The Laundry Boat) Year: 1969 Medium: Lithograph Edition: 73/75 Numbered 73/75 in pencil, lower margin Signed lower right Dimensio...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Black Sun by Alexander Calder (Calder black sun lithograph)
By Alexander Calder
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Alexander Black Sun Lithograph c.1975 Color lithograph circa 1975. Dimensions 31 x 23 inches. Hand signed (lower right) and numbered from an edition of 125 in pencil on the lower l...
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1970s Pop Art Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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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" lithograph by Alexander Calder. Hand-lettered EA on lower left front. Hand-signed Calder on lower right front. From an edition of 75. Beautifully framed in a gold bamboo f...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Calder Exhibition Poster - Vintage Screen Print by Alexander Calder - 1976
By Alexander Calder
Located in Roma, IT
Calder Exhibition Print is an original screen print realized by Alexander Calder in 1976. Good conditions This beautiful and colored print was realized in the occasion of the exhi...
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1970s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Screen

Flowers - Vintage Lithograph by Alexander Calder - 1971
By Alexander Calder
Located in Roma, IT
Flowers is an original artwork realized by Alexander Calder in 1971. Original mix colored lithograph. The artwork was the cover design for the art review "Derriere Le Miroir" no. ...
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1970s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Derriere le Miroir Cover - Vintage Lithograph by Alexander Calder - 1968
By Alexander Calder
Located in Roma, IT
Derriere le Miroir Cover is an original artwork realized by Alexander Calder in 1968. Original mixed colored lithograph. The artwork was the cover design for the art review "Derri...
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1960s Abstract 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

Galactic System
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Galactic System, 1974 Signed and numbered Color lithograph on Arches paper, full sheet 20.375 x 28.25 inches Edition 75 of 100
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1970s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

The Oval Spiral
By Alexander Calder
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Alexander Calder. "The Oval Spiral" is a Post-War, geometric abstract painting, gouache and ink on paper in bold colors of reds and blacks by artist Alexander Calder. T...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Alexander Calder Art

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Gouache, Ink

Mickey Mouse
By Alexander Calder
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Alexander Calder. "Mickey Mouse" is a Post-War abstract painting, gouache and ink on paper in bold colors of reds, blacks, yellows, and oranges by artist Alexander Cald...
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Mid-20th Century Post-War Alexander Calder Art

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Ink, Gouache

McGovern by Alexander Calder - Abstract painting
By Alexander Calder
Located in London, GB
*UK BUYERS WILL PAY AN ADDITIONAL 5% IMPORT DUTY ON TOP OF THE ABOVE PRICE McGovern by Alexander Calder (1898-1976) Gouache on paper 76 x 56 cm (29⁷/₈ x 22 inches) Signed and dated ...
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1970s Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Paper, Gouache

Caracol
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Caracol, c. 1975 Signed and numbered in pencil Color lithograph 25.5 x 34.5 inches Edition of 5 of 75
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1970s 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; good ove...
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1960s Contemporary Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Derrière le Miroir Lithograph 1966
By Alexander Calder
Located in Soquel, CA
Vintage 1960s Alexander Calder Lithograph double page part of portfolio "Derriere le Miroir". Published by: Galerie Maeght, Paris, 1966. No. 156. Text on verso. Unsigned, from an unk...
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1960s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Paper, Ink

Alexander Calder - Original Lithograph - Behind the Mirror
By Alexander Calder
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Alexander Calder - Original Lithograph - Behind the Mirror 1 Original lithograph created in 1976 Framed Dimensions: 38 x 28 cm Source: Derrière le miroir (DLM), n°221, 1976 Alexand...
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1970s Modern Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Signed and numbered lithograph "La Grenouille et la Scie" by Alexander Calder
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Original Hand Signed and Numbered Color Lithograph on Arches Wove Paper, No.12 out of Ed.75 22 × 30 in Alexander Calder was born in Philadelphia in 1898 and died in New York in 1976...
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1970s Contemporary Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Une Famille de la Bas
By Alexander Calder
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Calder, Alexander Title: Une Famille de la Bas Series: Derriere le Miroir Date: 1975 Medium: Lithograph Framed Dimensions: 27" x 34.5" Signature: Pencil signed ...
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1970s Kinetic Alexander Calder Art

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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 Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

Poppy Flowers - Vintage Lithograph by Alexander Calder - 1971
By Alexander Calder
Located in Roma, IT
Poppy Flowers is an original artwork realized by Alexander Calder in 1971. Original mixed colored lithograph. The artwork was the cover design for the art review "Derriere Le Miro...
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1970s Abstract 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 Abstract Alexander Calder Art

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Lithograph

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