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Alexander Calder

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 and His Magical Mobiles Library or Coffee Table Book, 1981
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
A great book about sculptor Alexander Calder and his artistic achievements. "Here at last is a book that truly captures all the joy, all the exuberance, all the spirit of Alexander (...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Alexander Calder

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"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 Tapestry/ Rug, "Araignée", 1953
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
Alexander Calder wall tapestry or rug in two colors, wool knotted, embroidered signature "Calder" 9/10 in verso. Edition Marie Cuttoli (Maison Myrbor) and Lucie Weill. Reference :...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Calder

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Wool

Alexander Calder Signed & Dated India Ink on Paper "Stabile Drawing", USA 1946
By Alexander Calder
Located in New York, NY
A representation on paper of one of Calder's spectacular stabiles. This work is registered in the archives of The Calder Foundation. There are several gallery and museum labels affix...
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1940s American Vintage Alexander Calder

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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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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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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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Alexander Calder 'Flying Colors’ Lithograph
By Alexander Calder
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Convection from 'Flying Colors’, Lithograph printed in colors, 1974, on wove paper with full margins printed to the edge, framed.
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1970s American Vintage Alexander Calder

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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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Alexander Calder, Signed Color Lithograph, E.A. 'Artist's Proof' 1965
By Alexander Calder
Located in Van Nuys, CA
"Spirale en Trois Coleurs", 1965, a four color lithograph, signed in pencil by the artist, E.A. (Artist's Proof). It is on off-white paper, 22.75" x 30.50". The print is in excellent...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Alexander Calder

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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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Alexander Calder Lithographie
By Alexander Calder
Located in Meyrin, CH
Alexander Calder lithographie.
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1970s American Vintage 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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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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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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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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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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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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Limited Edition Alexander Calder Color Etching and Aquatint
By Alexander Calder
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Limited Edition Original Alexander Calder color etching and aquatint titled 'Black Man, White Woman (Chapter 1, verse 31 - Le Sacrilege D'Alan Kent) 1976. Professionally framed and...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Calder

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Glass, Wood, Paper

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