Alexander Calder - 20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session New York Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Stamo Papadaki, Connecticut (gifted by the artist)
    Christie's, New York, March 11, 1998, lot 71
    J. Donald Nichols, Tennessee (acquired at the above sale)
    Gary Snyder Fine Arts, New York
    Ruth O'Hara, New York (acquired from the above in 2009)

  • Exhibited

    Winston Salem, Wake Forest University Fine Arts Gallery, American Abstract Art of the 1930s and 1940's, The J. Donald Nichols Collection, August 28 – October 11, 1998, p. 208 (illustrated in horizontal orientation, p. 40)
    New York, James Goodman Gallery, Calder: Space in Play, October 22 – December 19, 2014

  • 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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Property from the Estate of Ruth O’Hara



oil on canvas mounted to board
9 x 6 in. (22.9 x 15.2 cm)
Painted circa 1945, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A10754.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $176,400

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20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York 8 December 2020