Alexander CalderSans Titre
Gouache on paper
Signed and dated lower right
30.31 x 43.5 in ( 77 x 110.5 cm )
Inquiry - Sans Titre, 1967


N Archive A18199


Private Collection, Paris

Galerie Natalie Seroussi, Paris

Private Collection, Paris

Artwork's description

Calder's gouaches are spontaneous and simple, suffused with poetry. A poetry without artifice born from minimal means, such as elementary symbols, basic figures and a palette reduced to primary colors, arranged in solid colors that do not blend with each other. The gouaches are not that different from his “ mobiles ”, the movement is here imagined: a way of projecting in space a little time to stop.

In 1953, Calder moved to Saché where he created "la Gouacherie", in which he carried out until 1976 all his works on paper as well as his mobiles and stabiles.

Alexander Calder possesses the obvious gift of observation and the ability to draw a single stroke. ”

Artist's biography

Alexander “Sandy” Calder was born in 1898 in Lawnton near Philadelphia and died in 1976 in New York. Calder has long been recognized as a powerfully original American sculptor and painter and a world-renowned artist.

His engineering studies in the United States and the influence exerted by Mondrian led him to create with remarkable plastic sense the "mobiles" which made him famous. The "stabiles" (representing one of his first great achievements with his animated circus model "Le Grand cirque Calder" in 1927, the  "gouaches" to which he later devoted himself, admirably combine fantasy, strength and lightness.

The year 1930 is significant of its turning towards the geometric abstraction, takes birth then, a new form of abstraction where the movement becomes material with whole share.