Le Melon

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Maeght, Paris
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1975

  • Artist Bio

    Alexander Calder

    American • 1898 - 1976

    Alexander Calder worked as an abstract sculptor and has been commonly referred to as the inventor of the mobile. He employed industrious materials of wire and metal and transformed them into delicate nonobjective forms that respond to the wind or float in air. Although born into a family of sculptors, the artist studied mechanical engineering before pursuing a career in art; although this training in mechanics was not critical to the development of the mobile, it would later be applied to his monumental works. In addition to his mobiles, Calder produced an array of public constructions worldwide as well as drawings and paintings that feature the same brand of abstraction. Calder was born in Lawnton, Pennsylvania.

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PROPERTY FROM THE MILES AND SHIRLEY FITERMAN COLLECTION

Le Melon

signed and dated 'Calder 74' lower right; further titled 'Le Melon' on the reverse
gouache and ink on paper
74.9 x 109.7 cm (29 1/2 x 43 1/4 in.)
Executed in 1974, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A12671.

Estimate
£30,000 - 50,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 28 June 2019