Alexander Calder Autograph

SKU: 8010456

Sale priceSFr.1.100,00


Autograph letter signed, one page, 8,25 x 10,5 inch, Saché in Indre-et-Loire (France), 8.09.1965, in French, to "Cher Jean"* - Calder informs about his subsequent exhibition `Gouaches et Totems` at Galerie Maeght (Paris, 18 February 1966) and asks for a preface, written and signed in black felt tip "Sandy Calder", attractively mounted (removable) for display with a photograph, shows Alexander Calder next to an artwork (altogether 16,5 x 11,75 inch), with very mild signs of wear - in nearly very fine condition.

In parts:
"Cher Jean
   En Fevrier j'aurai une expo[sition] des gouaches (et petits mobiles) chez Maeght
Est-ce que tu veux bien m`écrire une belle preface? Je serai tres reconnaissant!
   Nous partons pour USA, Roxbury, Conn. dans une semaine [...]
amicalement a vous deux, - Sandy Calder"

"Dear Jean
   In February I will have an exhibition of gouaches (and small mobiles) at Maeght
Would you like to write me a nice preface? I will be very grateful!
   We are leaving for USA, Roxbury, Conn. within a week [...]
kind regards to both of you, - Sandy Calder"

* Most likely his son-in-law, Jean Davidson - in 1966, Calder published his `Autobiography with Pictures` with the help of his son-in-law.

Accompanied by an envelope with an original handdrawn sketch of an arrow, 9,5 x 4 inch (with postage stamps & stamped), Roxbury, 18.10.1965, drawn in black & red felt tip and addressed in black felt tip, attractively mounted (removable) for display with a photograph of Alexander Calder with an artwork (altogether 11 x 12,5 inch), with mild signs of wear to the edges - in fine to very fine condition.

Further Information on the person

(1898-1976) American sculptor known both for his innovative mobiles (kinetic sculptures powered by motors or air currents) that embrace chance in their aesthetic, and static "stabiles" monumental public sculptures.

Year of Birth: 1898

Biography (AI generated)

Alexander Calder was an American sculptor known for inventing the mobile, a type of kinetic sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended components that move in response to touch or air currents. Born on July 22, 1898, in Lawnton, Pennsylvania, Calder came from a family of artists and studied mechanical engineering before turning to art.

Calder is best known for his innovative mobile sculptures, which he began creating in the early 1930s. These works are characterized by their use of abstract shapes and bold, primary colors, as well as their ability to move and change shape in response to the environment. Calder's mobiles have become iconic symbols of the modern art movement.

Aside from his mobiles, Calder also created a wide range of other sculptures, including stabiles (large, stationary sculptures) and wire figures. His work often had a playful and whimsical quality, and he was known for his use of unconventional materials and techniques.

Throughout his career, Calder received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the field of sculpture. He passed away on November 11, 1976, in New York City, leaving behind a lasting legacy as one of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century.

Calder's work can be found in museums and public spaces around the world, and his influence can be seen in the work of countless contemporary artists. He is remembered not only for his artistic innovations but also for his enduring commitment to creativity and imagination.

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