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  • Provenance

    Malcolm Cowley, Connecticut (gifted by the artist)
    Jonathan O'Hara Fine Art, New York (acquired in 2005)
    Ruth O'Hara, New York (acquired from the above in 2005)

  • Exhibited

    New York, Jonathan O'Hara Gallery, Simplicity of Means, Calder and the Devised Object, October 25–December 8, 2007, no. 44, pp. 64, 78 (illustrated)

  • 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. Although born into a family of sculptors, the artist studied mechanical engineering before pursuing a career in art; these studies may explain the science behind the unique balancing act of his dynamic structures. 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 lived in Lawnton, Pennsylvania.

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Property from the Estate of Ruth O’Hara



12 1/4 x 9 1/4 x 7/8 in. (31.1 x 23.5 x 2.2 cm)
Executed in 1948, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A21777.

$18,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $25,200

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 24 June 2021