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Alexander Calder Les Fleurs II

Alexander Calder Les Fleurs II is a colored Lithograph. This print is out of 7 proofs that is aside from the edition of 125. This print is signed in the lower right margin. This print is annotated “EC” in the lower left margin.

American artist Alexander Calder changed the course of modern art by developing an innovative method of sculpting, bending, and twisting wire to create three-dimensional “drawings in space.” Resonating with the Futurists and Constructivists, as well as the language of early nonobjective painting, Calder’s mobiles (a term coined by Marcel Duchamp in 1931 to describe his work) consist of abstract shapes made of industrial materials––often poetic and gracefully formed and at times boldly colored––that hang in an uncanny, perfect balance. His complex assemblage Cirque Calder (1926–31), which allowed for the artist’s manipulation of its various characters presented before an audience, predated Performance Art by some 40 years. Later in his career, Calder devoted himself to making outdoor monumental sculptures in bolted sheet steel that continue to grace public plazas in cities throughout the world.

Title

Les Fleurs II

Alt. Title

The Flowers

Medium

Lithograph

Year

1969

Edition

Artist Proof of 7 aside from the edition of 125

Signature

Signed, annotated “EC”

Size 25.5 x 19.5 (in)
64.77 x 49.53 (cm)
Price Price upon Request
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Alexander Calder Les Fleurs II is a colored Lithograph. This print is out of 7 proofs that is aside from the edition of 125. This print is signed in the lower right margin. This print is annotated “EC” in the lower left margin.

Alexander Calder Les Fleurs II

American artist Alexander Calder changed the course of modern art by developing an innovative method of sculpting, bending, and twisting wire to create three-dimensional “drawings in space.” Resonating with the Futurists and Constructivists, as well as the language of early nonobjective painting, Calder’s mobiles (a term coined by Marcel Duchamp in 1931 to describe his work) consist of abstract shapes made of industrial materials––often poetic and gracefully formed and at times boldly colored––that hang in an uncanny, perfect balance.

Alexander Calder Les Fleurs II

His complex assemblage Cirque Calder (1926–31), which allowed for the artist’s manipulation of its various characters presented before an audience, predated Performance Art by some 40 years. Later in his career, Calder devoted himself to making outdoor monumental sculptures in bolted sheet steel that continue to grace public plazas in cities throughout the world.

Alexander Calder Les Fleurs II

Alexander Calder was an American artist best known for his mobiles and wire sculptures. His biomorphic forms recall the Surrealism of Joan Miró , with curved lines, geometric shapes, and soft angles. “My whole theory about art is the disparity that exists between form, masses, and movement,” the artist once said. Born on August 22, 1898 in Lawnton, PA, Calder received a degree in mechanical engineering before turning to art in the 1920s, studying painting under George Luks and Boardman Robinson at the Art Students League in New York.

Alexander Calder Les Fleurs II

Calder moved to Paris to continue his studies in 1926, where he was introduced to the European avant-garde through Marcel Duchamp, Jean Arp, and Fernand Léger. That same year, Calder embarked on arguably his most beloved piece, Cirque Calder (1931), a mechanized miniature circus that is performed before an audience. “I was very fond of the spatial relations,” he said of his interest in the circus. “The whole thing of—the vast space—I’ve always loved it.” Notably, it was his friend Duchamp that coined the term mobiles as a suggestion for an exhibition of Calder’s work in 1932. During the following decades, along with his mobiles he also produced paintings and non-kinetic works.  

Alexander Calder Les Fleurs II

The artist lived in both Roxbury, CT, and France before his death on November 11, 1976 in New York, NY. Today, his works are held in the collections The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Tate Gallery in London.

Alexander Calder Les Fleurs II

Additional information

Title

Les Fleurs II

Alt. Title

The Flowers

Medium

Lithograph

Year

1969

Edition

Artist Proof of 7 aside from the edition of 125

Signature

Signed, annotated “EC”

Size 25.5 x 19.5 (in)
64.77 x 49.53 (cm)
Price Price upon Request