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  • Provenance

    Galerie Maeght, Paris
    Cecile Gallery, New York
    Scherer Gallery, New Jersey
    Private Collection (acquired from the above)
    Private Collection, Europe

  • Exhibited

    Seoul, K Museum of Contemporary Art, Calder on Paper, 13 December 2019 – 13 April 2020

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘What I produce is not precisely what I have in mind—but a sort of sketch, a man-made approximation. That others grasp what I have in mind seems long as they have something else in theirs.’ – Alexander Calder

    In addition to his renowned work as a sculptor, Alexander Calder also worked extensively in the medium of gouache on paper. Drawing upon his earlier explorations into illustration and drawing, Calder created his first series of gouache paintings during his yearlong stay in Aix-en-Provence in 1953, and they would continue to form a significant contribution to his prolific practice for the duration of his career. Appropriating and incorporating many of the familiar motifs developed in his sculptures, and executed in his signature, striking palette of black, white and primary colours – vermillion red and amber yellow - these playful, enigmatic works embody the essence of Calder’s practice in two-dimensional form.

    Born in Pennsylvania in 1898, Calder originally trained as an engineer, before fully committing to his artistic practice in 1923. Hailed as the creator of the ‘mobile’, he was informed by his expertise in kinetics, mechanics, and other technical disciplines and his familiarity with industrious materials, and inspired by the pioneering Surrealist aesthetics of Paris in the 1930s, attaining one of the most prolific and successful artistic careers of the 20th Century. Today, his works are held many of the world’s most prestigious collections, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Tate Gallery in London.

  • Artist Biography

    Alexander Calder

    American • 1898 - 1976

    Alexander Calder worked as an abstract sculptor and has been commonly referred to as the creator of the mobile. He employed industrious materials of wire and metal and transformed them into delicate geometric shapes that respond to the wind or float in air. Born into a family of sculptors, Calder created art from childhood and moved to Paris in 1926, where he became a pioneer of the international avant-garde. 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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L'Ile Verte

signed and dated 'Calder 74' lower right
gouache and ink on paper
109.9 x 74.6 cm (43 1/4 x 29 3/8 in.)
Executed in 1974.

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