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

    Pierre Halet, Touraine, France (gifted by the artist in 1961)
    Private Collection, France
    Thierry de Maigret, Drouot Richelieu, Paris, June 18, 2009, lot 94
    Galerie Ary Jan, Paris (acquired at the above sale)
    Waterhouse & Dodd, New York (acquired in 2015)
    Galerie Samantha Sellem, Paris (acquired in 2017)
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Château de Tours, Alexandre Calder en Touraine, June 6 - October 19, 2008, p. 154 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Bridget Gleeson, "Ray Waterhouse, Art Dealer and Gallerist, Reflects on 6,000 Deals and a 41-Year Career", Artsy, June 21, 2016, online (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. 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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signed and dated "61 Calder" lower right
gouache and ink on paper
29 3/8 x 41 1/2 in. (74.6 x 105.4 cm)
Executed in 1961, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A22580.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $75,600

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

New York 8 December 2020