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Alexander Calder

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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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

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Aluminum

La Galerie Maeght Exhibition Print
By Alexander Calder
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Maeght Foundation Gallery Exhibition poster commemorating the Alexander Calder Exhibit which took place from December 16, 1971, to August 21, 1972, in Paris France is in excelle...
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1970s French Modern Vintage Alexander Calder

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Metal, Chrome

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 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

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

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Natural Fiber

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

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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

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Paper

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

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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

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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

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Canvas

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

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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

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Glass, Wood, 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Paper

Calder The Complete Bronzes Book
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Calder: The Complete Bronzes book. Published on the occasion of the exhibition; October 25 - December 8, 2012, New York, New York. Acknowledgements: "It is our honor and privilege ...
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2010s American Modern Alexander Calder

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Paper

Mid-Century Modern Calder Lithograph from Derriere Le Miroir 1963 Unframed
By Alexander Calder
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is an unframed lithograph from Derriere le Miroir, by Alexander Calder, circa 1963. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 11" W x 15" H.   
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15th Century and Earlier French Mid-Century Modern Antique Alexander Calder

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Paper

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

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Paper

Alexander Calder 1975 Lithographs "Derriere Le Miroir" Maeght Editeur
By Alexander Calder
Located in Sharon, CT
Containing five original lithographs by Alexander Calder. This is edition no. 212 Janvier 1975 of the Derriere le Miroir. Published in Paris by Galerie Maeght. Without staples. Very ...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Calder

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Paper

Alexander Calder, Hand-Signed Lithograph n.57/100 from "La Mémoire Elémentaire"
By Alexander Calder
Located in Renens, CH
This lithograph comes from the series of 12 titled "La Mémoire Elémentaire" and published by Edition de la Différence, Paris in 1975/76. The colors are so vivid and full of light th...
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1970s French Modern Vintage Alexander Calder

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Paper

Alexander Calder Color Clown Lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Colorful Alexander Calder clown lithograph. Sheet dimensions: 73 x 57 cm Ateliers Art Lithos, 1980 Signed in plate lower right. Very good vintage condition.
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1780s European Mid-Century Modern Antique Alexander Calder

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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

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By Alexander Calder
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Located in Armonk, NY
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By Alexander Calder
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
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