Alexander CalderSweet Peas
Gouache and India ink on paper
Signed, dated and titled
43.31 x 29.33 in ( 110 x 74.5 cm )
Inquiry - Sweet Peas, 1975


Archive A1678


Private collection Baden-Württemberg (acquired from the above in 1978).

Private collection Basel

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.