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1963 Alexander Calder Stabiles Lithograph for Derriere le Miroir No. 141

$350

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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 impression in vibrant colors with black outlines and text on verso, as issued. Mounted in a black archival book/window mat, measuring 18 in. H x 14 in. W. Artwork sheet measures 15 in. H x 11 in. W. The contemporary art review and journal, Derrière Le Miroir (Behind The Mirror), from French publisher and gallery owner Aimé Maeght of Galerie Maeght, was published from 1946 until 1982. Each issue contained unsigned original lithographs by notable Modernist artists created exclusively for the publication. Galerie Maeght staged a Calder exhibition in 1950 and became the artist's exclusive Parisian dealer for twenty-six years. Alexander Calder was an American sculptor who used his engineering degree to create kinetic "mobiles," a designation coined by Marcel Duchamp using the French word for motion. Calder also created monumental, free-standing, abstract sculptures which Jean Arp named "stabiles" to differentiate stationary works of art. Calder was prolific, designing sets and costumes in addition to his work as a painter, illustrator, and print maker.

Details

  • Creator
    Maeght (Maker),Alexander Calder (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)Width: 14 in. (35.56 cm)Depth: 0.2 in. (5.08 mm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1963
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The print was originally published as part of Derrière le Miroir.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: AHK1360O1stDibs: LU1892324113102

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About the Artist

Alexander Calder

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.Find original Alexander Calder art today on 1stDibs.
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