Alexander Calder - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | Phillips

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  • 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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The complete set of seven etchings plus the cover in colors, on Arches paper, loose and folded (as issued), with title page and text by Jacques Prèvert, contained in the original red linen-covered portfolio.
I. 11 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. (29.8 x 23.5 cm)
S. folded 17 5/8 x 13 in. (44.8 x 33 cm)

Signed by the artist and author in pencil on the colophon, stamp numbered 78 (printed) from the edition of 200 (there were also 25 hors commerce on Arches in Roman numerals, the first 25 contained an additional set of prints), published by Maeght, Paris.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $10,080

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 19-21 October 2021