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Alexander Calder (1898-1976)
Property from the Estate of Carol A Straus
Alexander Calder (1898-1976)

Untitled

Details
Alexander Calder (1898-1976)
Untitled
signed with the artist's monogram 'CA' (on the base)
standing mobile--sheet metal, brass, wire and paint
10 3/8 x 4 x 2 ¼ in. (26.4 x 10.2 x 5.7 cm.)
Executed circa 1949.
Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner, circa 1950

Lot Essay

This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York under application number A28064.

“[Calder] has always avoided modeling in favor of direct handling—cutting, shaping with a hammer, or assembling piece by piece. Such an approach has fostered a simplicity of form and clarity of contour in his work. It allies him with Brancusi, Arp, Moore and Giacometti in their repudiation of virtuosity” (J. J. Sweeney,Alexander Calder, exh. cat., New York 1951, p. 8, reproduced in C. Giménez & A. S. C. Rower (eds.),Calder: Gravity and Grace, London 2004, p. 72).

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