Alexander Calder - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Perl Galleries, New York
    Private Collection, Southfield, Michigan (acquired from the above in 1973)
    Marisa del Re Gallery, Inc., New York
    Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 27 February 1976, lot 43
    Private Collection (assumed)
    Guy Loudmer, Paris, 6 April 1987, lot 94
    Private Collection (assumed, also presumably Paris)
    Cornette de Sant Cyr, Paris, 5 December 1988, lot 176
    Private Collection (assumed, also presumably Paris)
    Guy Loudmer, Paris, 1 April 1996, lot 257
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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 Five Red Circles, Filled Variously

gouache on paper laid on paperboard
78.1 x 58.3 cm (30 3/4 x 22 7/8 in.)
Executed in 1973, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A06738.

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £48,750

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 30 June 2017