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Alexander Calder

American sculptor, painter, and designer

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Calder graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1919 with a degree in mechanical engineering. After taking classes at the Arts Students League, he became a freelance artist and illustrator, and published a book titled Animal Sketching. In the 1920s, Calder began traveling to Paris, becoming influenced by the work of Klee and Miró. In 1930, after visiting Piet Mondrian's studio, he began to create abstract constructions incorporating biomorphic forms, specifically with variations on the mobile, for which he is most known. Calder divided his time between trips abroad and his farm in Roxbury, Connecticut, and as his commissions grew more frequent, his mobiles became increasingly gigantic. Examples are Flamingo, the stabile at Federal Center Plaza in Chicago, and La Défense, at the Rond Point de La Défense Métro station in Paris.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500007824.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Alexander Calder:

Alexander Calder American Art 1910–1960 from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Roy R. Neuberger, probably ca. 1960 Color lithograph
Alexander Calder Spirals, 1970 Offset lithograph
Alexander Calder The Big I, 1944 Etching and aquatint on wove paper
Alexander Calder Fables of Aesop According to Sir Roger L’Estrange, 1931 Illustrated book with paper knife laid in
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