Alexander Calder

Hiro Fine Art is interested in purchasing artworks by Alexander Calder.

Alexander Calder was born in 1898 to a family who had practiced art for three generations before him. During his childhood, he often created jewelry, toys and animal figures out of brass,wood, copper, and beads. He decided to study mechanical engineering and had a successful career within the field, but eventually turned to art and enrolled in evening classes. He began to create illustrations for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus which influenced the content and whimsical feel of his later work. He traveled between New York and Paris, creating sculptures from wire, jewelry from copper wire, and paintings. In his mature period, he moved away from figurative work and began to work abstractly. Upon visiting the studio of Piet Mondrian, he became acquainted with his paintings of colored rectangles and had the vision to put those colors in motion. His mobiles emerged shortly after, relying on air to move colors through space. Using similar materials and design tactics, he created non-kinetic sculptures that gave the sense of moving without doing so. He continued to create small art pieces as well as large, outdoor sculptures until his death in 1976.

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