Collection of Nicholas Guppy, London
Studio Marconi, Milan
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1968
Alexander "Sandy" Calder was born in Lawnton near Philadelphia in 1898 and died in New York in 1976.
Since a long time, Alexander Calder is recognized as an American sculptor and painter powerfully original and as a world-known artist.
His engineering studies in the United States and the influence of Mondrian led him to create a remarkable visual sense with the "mobiles" that made him famous. The "stabiles" (representing one of his first major achievements with its lively circus model "Le Grand Cirque Calder » 1927), the" gouaches "to which he beautifully combines fantasy, strength and lightness.
The year 1930 is significant for its turn towards geometric abstraction : a new form of abstraction where the movement becomes material in itself.