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Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976)

Surrounded by an artistic family, Alexander Calder builds, from a young age, his very first objects, fascinated by movement and mechanism. In 1923, he decides to study art in New York before settling in Paris, in 1926, where he begins to imagine fantasy figures made of wire, cork and textile. Alexander Calder thus sets the Calder Circus up, a show that earns him a certain recognition from Paris’ artistic circles for whom he creates three-dimensional animals and portraits for such individuals as Fernand Léger or Kiki de Montparnasse. When he discovers Piet Mondrian’s work, in 1930, he decides to follow the abstract movement and builds moving and rotative sculptures made of spirales, arches and spheres held by long metallic stems, hence launching an atmosphere that clearly evokes that of the cosmos and that Marcel Duchamp will entitle Mobiles. The artist also conceives their opposites: heavy, earthy and gigantic sculptures, the Stabiles that take place within urban environments, in Paris’ La Défense or at Montréal’s Universal Exposition, in 1967. But aside from this youthful, adventurous and bizarre world he established, Alexander Calder remained a down-to-earth man who appreciated nothing more than to cultivate organic vegetables in his farm.

Tags / Alexander Calder - American Artist - Abstraction - Sculpture - 1930s - It Men
Alexander Calder by Ugo Mulas, 1963
Alexander Calder by Ugo Mulas, 1963
Alexander Calder by Ugo Mulas, 1963
Alexander Calder by Ugo Mulas, 1963
Alexander Calder's mobile by Herbert Matter, 1940
Alexander Calder's mobile by Herbert Matter, 1940
Alexander Calder's 'Mailbox' by Pedro Guerrero, 1963
Alexander Calder's 'Mailbox' by Pedro Guerrero, 1963
Alexander Calder by Arnold Newman, 1957
Alexander Calder by Arnold Newman, 1957
Calder with Josephine IV, ca 1928
Calder with Josephine IV, ca 1928
Alexander Calder's workshop by Herbert Matter, 1941
Alexander Calder's workshop by Herbert Matter, 1941
Andrée Vilar and Alexander Calder by Denise Colomb, 1950
Andrée Vilar and Alexander Calder by Denise Colomb, 1950
Alexander Calder by Michel Sima, 1950s
Alexander Calder by Michel Sima, 1950s
Alexander Calder by Ugo Mulas, 1963
Alexander Calder by Ugo Mulas, 1963
Alexander Calder's mobile by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder's mobile by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander calder by Man Ray, 1928
Alexander calder by Man Ray, 1928
Alexander Calder's mobile by Herbert Matter, 1940
Alexander Calder's mobile by Herbert Matter, 1940
Alexander Calder's workshop by Herbert Matter, 1941
Alexander Calder's workshop by Herbert Matter, 1941
Alexander Calder by Yousuf Karsh, 1966
Alexander Calder by Yousuf Karsh, 1966
Alexander Calder by Peter A. Juley & Son, 1920s
Alexander Calder by Peter A. Juley & Son, 1920s
Alexander Calder by Peter A. Juley & Son, 1927
Alexander Calder by Peter A. Juley & Son, 1927
Alexander Calder by Marc Vaux, 1931
Alexander Calder by Marc Vaux, 1931
Alexander and Louisa Calder in India, 1955
Alexander and Louisa Calder in India, 1955
Alexander Calder wrangling toy bulls by Lyman Studio, 1927
Alexander Calder wrangling toy bulls by Lyman Studio, 1927
Alexander Calder by Sacha Stone, 1929
Alexander Calder by Sacha Stone, 1929
Alexander Calder by Thérèse Bonney in his studio at 7 villa Brune, 1930
Alexander Calder by Thérèse Bonney in his studio at 7 villa Brune, 1930
Alexander Calder by Marc Vaux, 1931
Alexander Calder by Marc Vaux, 1931
Alexander Calder assembling Steel Fish by James Thrall Soby Roxbury, 1934
Alexander Calder assembling Steel Fish by James Thrall Soby Roxbury, 1934
Alexander Calder by James Thrall Soby, 1936
Alexander Calder by James Thrall Soby, 1936
Alexander Calder and his daughter, Sandra by James Thrall Soby, 1935
Alexander Calder and his daughter, Sandra by James Thrall Soby, 1935
Alexander Calder , 1935
Alexander Calder , 1935
Alexander Calder by Agnés Varda , 1954
Alexander Calder by Agnés Varda , 1954
Alexander Calder's stabile by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder's stabile by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder by Agnés Varda , 1955
Alexander Calder by Agnés Varda , 1955
Alexander Calder with members of the Sarabhai family, 1955
Alexander Calder with members of the Sarabhai family, 1955
Alexander Calder by Herbert Matter, 1936
Alexander Calder by Herbert Matter, 1936
Alexander Calder's mobile by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder's mobile by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder by Inge Morath, 1963
Alexander Calder by Inge Morath, 1963
Marcel Breuer (fourth from right), Mercedes Matter (far left), Konrad Wachsmann (third from left), and Alexander Calder, 1950
Marcel Breuer (fourth from right), Mercedes Matter (far left), Konrad Wachsmann (third from left), and Alexander Calder, 1950
Alexander Calder by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder's stabile by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder's stabile by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder, 1950s
Alexander Calder, 1950s
Alexander Calder, 1950s
Alexander Calder, 1950s
Alexander Calder, 1950s
Alexander Calder, 1950s
Alexander Calder, 1950s
Alexander Calder, 1950s
Alexander Calder, 1950s
Alexander Calder, 1950s
Alexander Calder, 1960
Alexander Calder, 1960
Alexander Calder, 1956
Alexander Calder, 1956
Alexander Calder, 1938
Alexander Calder, 1938
Alexander Calder with Kamalini Sarabhai, 1955
Alexander Calder with Kamalini Sarabhai, 1955
Alexander Calder by Ugo Mulas, 1963
Alexander Calder by Ugo Mulas, 1963
Alexander Calder's studio by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder's studio by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder by Andre Kertesz, 1929
Alexander Calder by Andre Kertesz, 1929
Alexander Calder by Arnold Newman, 1957
Alexander Calder by Arnold Newman, 1957
Alexander Calder's mobile by Herbert Matter, 1940
Alexander Calder's mobile by Herbert Matter, 1940
The Kitchen in Calder's home in Roxbury by Herbert Matter, 1950
The Kitchen in Calder's home in Roxbury by Herbert Matter, 1950
Alexander Calder by Serge Hambourg, 1950s
Alexander Calder by Serge Hambourg, 1950s
Alexander Calder's animals by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder's animals by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder's bird by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder's bird by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder, 1950s
Alexander Calder, 1950s
Alexander Calder by Herbert Matter, Roxbury, 1941
Alexander Calder by Herbert Matter, Roxbury, 1941
Alexander Calder by Gjon Mili, 1968
Alexander Calder by Gjon Mili, 1968
Alexander Calder's kitchen utensils
Alexander Calder's kitchen utensils
Alexander Calder by Denise Colomb, 1950
Alexander Calder by Denise Colomb, 1950
Alexander calder by Man Ray, 1928
Alexander calder by Man Ray, 1928
Alexander Calder by Denise Colomb, 1950
Alexander Calder by Denise Colomb, 1950
Alexander Calder by Denise Colomb, 1950
Alexander Calder by Denise Colomb, 1950
Alexander Calder by Denise Colomb, 1950
Alexander Calder by Denise Colomb, 1950
Alexander Calder by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder by Henri Cartier Bresson, 1961
Alexander Calder by Henri Cartier Bresson, 1961
Alexander Calder by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder by Gordon Parks, 1952
Alexander Calder by Herbert Matter , 1938
Alexander Calder by Herbert Matter , 1938
Alexander Calder by Andre Kertesz, 1929
Alexander Calder by Andre Kertesz, 1929
Alexander Calder by Andre Kertesz, 1929
Alexander Calder by Andre Kertesz, 1929
Alexander Calder by Robert Doisneau, 1957
Alexander Calder by Robert Doisneau, 1957
Alexander Calder's stabile Morning star by Herbert Matter, 1943
Alexander Calder's stabile Morning star by Herbert Matter, 1943
Alexander Calder by Herbert Matter, Roxbury, 1941
Alexander Calder by Herbert Matter, Roxbury, 1941
Stabile and Spiny, two 1939 maquettes photographed on the sidewalk outside Calder’s Manhattan studio by Herbert Matter
Stabile and Spiny, two 1939 maquettes photographed on the sidewalk outside Calder’s Manhattan studio by Herbert Matter
Mobile by Alexander Calder at Georgia O'Keeffe's house in Abiqui, New Mexico, 1980. Photo by Myron Wood
Mobile by Alexander Calder at Georgia O'Keeffe's house in Abiqui, New Mexico, 1980. Photo by Myron Wood
Sandra and Alexander Calder, 1950s
Sandra and Alexander Calder, 1950s
Alexander Calder by Gjon Mili, 1968
Alexander Calder by Gjon Mili, 1968
Alexander Calder by Gjon Mili, 1968
Alexander Calder by Gjon Mili, 1968
Alexander Calder by Ugo Mulas with Snow Flurry, 1963
Alexander Calder by Ugo Mulas with Snow Flurry, 1963
Alexander Calder by Ugo Mulas, 1962
Alexander Calder by Ugo Mulas, 1962
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