Alexander Calder - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, April 16, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Little Gallery, Philadelphia (acquired directly from the artist in 1970)
    Private Collection, Pennsylvania (acquired in 1976)
    Schiller & Bodo, New York (acquired in 2015)
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2015

  • 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 'Calder 68' lower right
gouache and ink on paper
74.9 x 109.3 cm (29 1/2 x 43 in.)
Executed in 1968, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A26578.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £126,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 16 April 2021