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  • Provenance

    Dr. Kaare Kristian Nyhaard, New York (gift of the artist 1970s)
    Thence by descent to Private Collection, Westport, 1989
    Sotheby’s, New York, September 24, 2014, lot 110
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Perls Galleries, Alexander Calder: Recent Gouaches-Early Mobiles, October - November 1970, cat. no. 27, p. 19 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Alexander Calder

    American • 1898 - 1976

    One of the most significant artists of the 20th century, Alexander Calder defied gravity and breathed life into sculpture with his innovative and enrapturing approach. Producing art over a fifty-year span, Calder created a body of work that is impressive both for its breadth and diversity as well as for its universal mastery of form and space. Calder is perhaps best known for his enchanting series of mobiles, kinetic sculptures that float gracefully in space, but he also created a series of monumental yet airy stabiles, massive abstract forms that are bound to the earth, and was a prolific draftsman, painter, printmaker, and creator of jewelry, ornament, and ephemera. Calder’s work on an intimate scale is as impressive as his monumental sculpture.

    Calder’s work is well represented in the world’s most prestigious arts institutions and he is universally regarded as one of the touchstones of the 20th century avant-garde; his work is routinely exhibited in single retrospectives across the globe, and Calder himself will receive his own institution in his native Philadelphia, which will be designed as a “sanctuary” by leading architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron.

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Central Frond

1970
gouache and ink on paper
29 3/8 x 43 1/8 in. (74.6 x 109.5 cm)
Signed and dated "Calder 70" lower right.
This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A01822.

Estimate
$40,000 - 60,000 

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