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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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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 “Stabiles” Signed Lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Near mint artwork by Calder with the colors bright and vibrant. Title “Grand Stabiles” from 1962. Publisher Margot, Paris. The frame is 32 1/2 inches wide 39 inches high. The l...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Alexander Calder

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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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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 ...
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1970s French Modern Vintage Alexander Calder

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Mid-Century Modern Framed Signed Calder Pyramid Lithograph Orange Red Shapes
By Alexander Calder
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a captivating, framed lithograph Composition V, (from the elementary memory edition) pencil signed by Alexander Calder and numbered 30/50. In excellent cond...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Alexander Calder

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Alexander Calder 1969 Spirals Newly Framed Lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in Stamford, CT
Spirals (L'Aigle), 1969 lithograph by Alexander Calder. Newly reframed in black wood frame with low glare glass.
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1960s American Modern Vintage Alexander Calder

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Glass, Wood, 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

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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

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Fabric

Alexander Calder, Lithography, 1979
By Alexander Calder
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Signed photolithography by Alexander Calder, 1979. Stamped rotogravure reproduction of series by Bolaffiarte. Limited edition of 5000. Exemplary number 4892. Hand signed in ...
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Calder

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Paper

Alexander Calder, Lithography, 1979
By Alexander Calder
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Signed photolithography by Alexander Calder, 1979. Stamped rotogravure reproduction of series by Bolaffiarte. Limited edition of 5000. Exemplary number 4892. Hand signed in ...
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Calder

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Paper

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 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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Calder Albi Original Vintage Poster
By Alexander Calder
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Created for the exhibition ‘Calder’ at the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum in Albi. Iconic design by Calder bringing playful and welcoming vide. A classic design by Calder. This poster was p...
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Late 20th Century Alexander Calder

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Untitled, Alexander Calder Lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in San Diego, CA
Untitled Alexander Calder lithograph, printed in 1966. Unsigned and not dated. Professionally framed in gold (frame shows orange on margins that complement the artwork). Certificates...
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20th Century American 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

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

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 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

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 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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By Alexander Calder
Located in Westport, CT
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Mid-20th Century American Alexander Calder

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By Alexander Calder
Located in Brooklyn, NY
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Alexander Calder and His Magical Mobiles Library or Coffee Table Book, 1981
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
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By Alexander Calder
Located in Portland, ME
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By Alexander Calder
Located in Chicago, IL
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Alexander Calder Original Lithograph "Sky Swirl"
By Alexander Calder
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Bold, vibrant and graphic Alexander Calder Original Lithograph with official embossed Braniff Cachet. This rare modern wall art piece was commissioned in 1974 as part of the Flying ...
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Alexander Calder, "Black Spiral, Yin Yang and Swirls" 1969
By Alexander Calder
Located in Oaks, PA
Alexander Calder, American, 1898-1976 "Black Spiral, Yin Yang and Swirls" 1969 Medium: Color lithograph Signed in Pencil Lower right "Calder" Numbered 14/125 Lower left On fine...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Calder

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By Alexander Calder
Located in Sheffield, MA
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By Alexander Calder
Located in Miami, FL
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By Alexander Calder
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
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By Alexander Calder
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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