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  • 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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The complete deluxe set of 15 aquatints with pochoir in colors, comprised of the complete set of seven prints, and the additional signed suite of seven prints, on Richard de Bas paper, with full margins, and the printed cover, loose (as issued), with title page and text by Jacques Prèvert,
19 x 14 1/4 in. (48.3 x 36.2 cm)
signed by the artist and author in pencil on the colophon, the additional suite of seven prints each signed in pencil, number 17 of 200 (only the first 25 contain the additional set, there were also 25 hors commerce on Arches paper in Roman numerals), published by Maeght, Paris, contained in original red linen-covered folder and case.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $35,000

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